Sylvia Hill
Sylvia Hill

Affiliated Faculty, Ethical and Creative Leadership - MLK Studies

sylvia.hill@myunion.edu

Dr. Sylvia Hill is a scholar activist who focuses on community organizing and social movements in her activism and writings. She participated in the civil rights, Black power, and anti-war movements of the sixties and seventies. In 1974, following in the Pan African tradition of W.E.B. Dubois, she was one of the primary organizers of the Sixth Pan African Congress in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She returned to the United States and began organizing support for the struggles against colonialism and apartheid in the southern African region. In 1984 she was one of the architects of the Free South Africa Movement that led the campaign of civil disobedience against US foreign policy in South Africa. In 1990 she was the Associate Director of the historic first USA visit of Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela. Her most recent writing is a history of the USA anti-apartheid movement from 1945-1994, which she co-authored with William Minter in 2008. She is currently professor of Criminal Justice at the University of the District of Columbia with an emphasis in community organizing for public safety. She is also a Nationally Certified counselor.