The Letters of Oliver and Bernie Hill: The Making of a Legendary Civil Rights Lawyer
On February 6, Margaret Edds delivered a Banner Lecture entitled “The Letters of Oliver and Bernie Hill: The Making of a Legendary Civil Rights Lawyer.”
During this lecture, author and journalist Margaret Edds discusses more than 200 letters written during the first years of the Hills’ marriage, while Oliver was struggling to launch a law practice in Roanoke and Bernie was teaching in Washington D.C. The 1934–36 letters illuminate Hill’s early association with the N.A.A.C.P. and the Virginia Teachers Association, work that led in future years to participation in historic court challenges to Jim Crow segregation.
Margaret Edds is an author and retired journalist who has written about Oliver Hill and Spottswood Robinson.