Spring Lectures of the Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris Lecture Series, Anita Hill, March 10, 2018 and the Rev. Dr. William Barber, April 21, 2018. Details to follow!
ANITA HILL, Saturday March 10, 2018
“Anita Hill changed the conversation on workplace bias and harassment…she unleashed a wave of women running for office.” The SFChronicle, April 2017.
An attorney and academic, Anita Hill is a leading proponent for women’s rights, workforce equity, and feminism. The youngest of 13 children of Albert and Erma Hill, Anita Hill hails from Arkansas family farmers, her great-grandparents and her maternal grandfather, born into slavery. Hill attended Oklahoma State University, then Yale Law School where she graduated with honors and is now a University Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women’s Studies at Brandeis University and a faculty member of Brandeis’ Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
Hill is the author of three books, Speaking Truth to Power, Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home and a tribute to Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice who preceded Clarence Thomas, titled A Tribute to Thurgood Marshall: A Man Who Broke with Tradition on Issues of Race and Gender.
She became an attorney-adviser to Clarence Thomas who served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, then worked for Thomas when he became Chairman at the US EEOC. Hill later openly testified in Senate Confirmation hearings to Thomas’ workforce sexual harassment history, making her a national figure for women speaking truth to power on matters relating to workforce bias and fairness.
REVEREND WILLIAM BARBER, Saturday, April 21, 2018
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II serves as President of the North Carolina NAACP and resides in Goldsboro, NC, where he has for 20 years pastored Greenleaf Christian Church. A renown national civil rights spokesperson, author, and activist minister, Rev. Dr. Barber convenes the Forward Together Moral Monday Movement, a multi-racial, multi-generational movement of more than 140 progressive organizations with over 2 million memberships, championing a 14-point anti-racism, anti-poverty, anti-war agenda in North Carolina.
Dr. Barber and this coalition have successfully advocated for voting reforms such as same-day registration and early voting, just redistricting, health care reform, labor and worker rights, protection of immigration rights, and reparation for women survivors of Eugenics, and educational equity. Spurred by his mentorship, hundreds, including Dr. Barber himself, have engaged in non-violent civil disobedience and community organizing and education, to expose racist and inequitable policies in NC and beyond.
His family intentionally embraced the confrontation of racial desegregation, himself transitioning from a northern city to a segregated kindergarten in the rural South, his father serving as the first African-American in the department of general science and physics at Washington County’s white high school, his mother becoming its first black office manager. Rev Barber’s activist roots are nurtured by faith, struggle and community support.
Rev. Dr. Barber is a graduate of North Carolina Central University, and holds a Master of Divinity from Duke University and a Doctoral degree from Drew University. He is recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest citizenship award presented to outstanding North Carolinians who have a proven record of service to the state.