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Testified At Thomas’ Hearing

Anita Hill, the law professor who testified against the nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court of Clarence Thomas, will be the speaker at a banquet to benefit a center for social justice.

The formal banquet will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr.

Proceeds from the banquet will benefit the Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Center for Social Justice & Racial Healing at the University of Sciences and Arts of Oklahoma.

Miss Hill, a native of Oklahoma, is professor of law and social policy at Brandeis University.

After the Thomas hearings, she was a law professor at the University of Oklahoma before taking her current position.

In 1991, President George H. W. Bush nominated Clarence Thomas, a federal Circuit Judge, to succeed retiring Associate Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Senate hearings on his confirmation were initially completed with Judge Thomas good character being presented as a primary qualification for the high court because he had only been a judge for slightly more than one year.

There had been little organized opposition to Judge Thomas' nomination, and his confirmation seemed assured until a report of a private interview of Miss Hill by the ederal Bureau of Investigation was leaked to the press.

The hearings were then reopened, and Miss Hill was called to publicly testify.

Miss Hill said on Oct. 11, 1991, in televised hearings that Mr. Thomas had sexually harassed her while he was her supervisor at the federal Department of Education and the Eequal Employment Opportunity Commission.

When questioned on why she followed Mr. Thomas to the second job after he had already allegedly harassed her, she said working in a reputable position within the civil rights field had been her ambition. ..To read more, subscribe to the blackchronicle newspaper