Born: Jul 30, 1956 (age 62) · Lone Tree, OK
Education: Yale Law School · Oklahoma State University · Yale University
Parents: Erma Hill (Mother) · Albert Hill (Father)Highlights
- 1991: She became a national figure in 1991 when she accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, her supervisor at the United States Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, of sexual harassment.
- 1994: In 1994, she wrote 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.
- 1999: In 1999, Ernest Dickerson directed Strange Justice, a film based on the Anita Hill–Clarence Thomas controversy.
- 2008: In 2008 she was awarded the Louis P. and Evelyn Smith First Amendment Award by the Ford Hall Forum.
- 2011: In 2011 Hill published her second book, Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home, which focuses on the sub-prime lending crisis that resulted in the foreclosure of many homes owned by African-Americans.
- 2017: On December 16, 2017, the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace was formed, selecting Hill to lead its charge against sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.
Born: Jun 23, 1948 (age 70) · Pin Point, GA
Spouse: Virginia Thomas (m. 1987) · Kathy Ambush (m. 1971 – 1984)
Children: Jamal Adeen Thomas (Son)
Education: College of the Holy Cross · Yale Law School · Yale University · Conception AbbeyHighlights
- 1975: In 1975, when Thomas read Race and Economics by economist Thomas Sowell, he found an intellectual foundation for his philosophy.
- 1982: In 1982, President Ronald Reagan appointed Thomas Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
- 1987: In 1987, Thomas married Virginia Lamp, a lobbyist and aide to Republican Congressman Dick Armey.
- 1991: Thomas’s formal confirmation hearings began on September 10, 1991.
- 2009: In the 2009 Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. 1 v. Holder case, Thomas was the sole dissenter, voting in favor of throwing out Section Five of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
- 2011: In his concurring opinion in the 2011 case Michigan v. Bryant, for example, Thomas explains that in deciding whether a statement is testimonial, one must consider the formality of the circumstances in which it was given.
Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
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