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Activists Remember A Full Page NYT Ad 1,600 Black Women Signed In Support Of Anita Hill Ahead Of Kavanaugh Hearings

Now more than ever, Hill's case is extra relevant.

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Anita Hill shook the table when she accused then-U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during her tenure at the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. At the time, it seemed Hill was alone in daring to stand up against such a prominent figure. 

However, on one historic day in 1991, one black woman decided to show Hill she wasn't alone by taking out a full-page ad in The New York Times. And 1,600 other black women joined her in signing the announcement.

Author Tayari Jones, one of the signatories of the ad, touched on the powerful moment on Twitter Wednesday.

"I was 20 years old. I put $25 toward the price of the ad and signed my name," tweeted the bestselling author of An American Marriage

Jones also said she wished she could identify the woman behind the ad while recalling the process.






In a poignant moment, other social media users shared how black women they knew joined in signing the ad, as well.





The resurfacing of this moment in black history comes shortly after Hill wrote a significant op-ed at The Times, stressing the urgency of "getting it right" in the current Supreme Court nomination process of controversial nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 

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Kavanaugh stands accused not of sexual harassment but sexual misconduct and attempted sexual assault. 

"In 1991, the Senate Judiciary Committee had an opportunity to demonstrate its appreciation for both the seriousness of sexual harassment claims and the need for public confidence in the character of a nominee to the Supreme Court It failed on both counts," Hill, now a Brandeis University professor, wrote. 

"In 1991, the phrase 'they just don’t get it' became a popular way of describing senators’ reaction to sexual violence," Hill continued. "With years of hindsight, mounds of evidence of the prevalence and harm that sexual violence causes individuals and our institutions, as well as a Senate with more women than ever, 'not getting it' isn’t an option for our elected representatives. In 2018, our senators must get it right."


Now, check these out:  

Anita Hill Will Chair Hollywood's Commission On Sexual Harassment Formed By Top Executives

There's a petition to nominate Anita Hill for the SCOTUS

A question of power

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Tonja Renée Stidhum is a writer/director made of sugar and spice and everything rice. She has the uncanny ability to make a Disney reference and a double entendre in the same sentence.