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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Oliver W. Hill

Stearns, Scott; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Civil rights lawyer Oliver Hill was born in Richmond, Virginia on May 1, 1907. He graduated from Howard University Law School in 1933, second in his class behind Thurgood Marshall. Hill won his first civil rights case in 1940. In 1951, he became one of the lawyers involved with "Davis v. County School Board of Prince Edward County" which formed one of five cases that were decided by "Brown v. the Board of Education". Despite threats of violence, Hill persevered, filing and winning more civil rights cases in Virginia than in any other state in the South. Hill was the recipient of numerous awards over the decades, including being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on August 11, 1999. Hill retired from his legal practice in 1998. Hill has a bronze bust at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia. Hill passed away on August 5, 2007 at the age of 100.
Performers
Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
172 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Oliver W. Hill
Oliver W. Hill
Credits
Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Richmond, Virginia 2003 November 17.
Recorded Richmond, Virginia 2003 November 18.
Description
1 online resource (6 video files (2 hr., 51 min., 38 sec.)) : sound, color
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