Monday, August 06, 2007

On Oliver Hill

Virginia -

Civil Rights Crusader
, by Ellen Robertson, Michael Paul Williams, and Lindsay Kastner, Richmond Times-Dispatch

The 'last lion'
, by Ellen Robertson, Michael Paul Williams, and Lindsay Kastner, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Hill fought long battle to make America live up to its promise, by Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Civil rights pioneer dies, by Neil Harvey, Roanoke Times

National -

Va. Lawyer Was at Fore of Attack on Segregation, by Adam Bernstein, Washington Post

Civil Rights Attorney Oliver Hill Dies, by Bob Lewis, Associated Press

Anti-segregationist lawyer Hill dies at 100
, Reuters

Reaction to the death of Oliver W. Hill, AP:

"Oliver Hill dedicated his life to fighting against racism and pushing forward the civil rights and freedoms for generations of Americans. His dedication to this nation was further demonstrated through his military service during World War II. Oliver Hill's life serves as a lesson to all of us of how far we have come and how hard we must continue to work to keep our society moving forward."

U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va.

"Mr. Oliver Hill was a remarkable individual whose contributions toward social justice did so much to advance our society. He was among the vanguard in seeking equal opportunity for all individuals, and he was steadfast in his commitment to effect change. He will be missed, and we extend our sincere condolences to his family."

Former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, the nation's first elected black governor, a Hill confidant and now mayor of Richmond.

"Few individuals in Virginia's rich history have worked as tirelessly as Oliver Hill to make life better for all of our citizens. His life's work was predicated on the simple truth that all men and women truly are created equal.

"With righteous determination, a sense of honor, and at considerable personal risk, Mr. Hill methodically and skillfully worked within the legal system to win landmark cases in voting rights, equal pay, better schools, and fair housing.

"As a pioneer for civil rights, an accomplished attorney, and a war veteran, Mr. Hills dedication to serving the Commonwealth and the country never failed. And, despite all of the accolades and honors he received, Mr. Hill always believed his true legacy was working to challenge the conscience of our Commonwealth and our country.

Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine.

"With an unwavering sense of personal responsibility, a commitment to the idea that all men and women are created equal, and a sense of humor that kept us all laughing at his 100th birthday celebration this past May, Oliver Hill helped pave the way for equal opportunity in the commonwealth and the country.

Former Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner.

"Both in the courtroom and in the broader court of public opinion, Oliver Hill stood bravely and forthrightly for the equality of all mankind. His tireless work ensured that the Virginia we know today is one in which all men are not only created equal, but are treated equally under the law."

Attorney General Bob McDonnell.

Flags at half-staff for civil rights leader, AP


WSJ Law Blog - Law Blog Obituary: Oliver Hill

ACS Blog - Oliver White Hill dies at 100

Sorensen Institute Blog - In Memoriam: Oliver Hill

Wikipedia, Oliver Hill

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