Getting started

Following Anita Hill’s testimony during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Clarence Thomas’ nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1991, over 1600 African American Women and allies contributed money and signed their names to a proclamation. It ran in eight prominent newspapers: the New York Times, the Atlanta Inquirer, the Chicago Defender, the City Sun (NYC), the D.C. Spotlight, the Los Angeles Sentinel and the San Francisco Sun Reporter.

Did you sign the proclamation? Fill out our survey.

Sisters Testify is a history project created to connect with as many of the signatories as possible to reunite and magnify our voices at this critical time, to explore our motivations for signing the proclamation and to understand the legacy of the hearings and Anita Hill’s testimony in our lives today.

If you did not sign, we want to hear from you too.

Sisters Testify is also interested in hearing from people who did not sign the proclamation.   Maybe you didn’t know about the proclamation at the time, were too young in 1991, didn’t agree with the proclamation’s intent, or supported Clarence Thomas’ nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. We are curious about all points of view, which we are gathering in our survey.

Don’t remember 1991?

Check out Sisters Testify on Twitter,  where we’ve been building a history of 1991 headlines and other stories of interest, starting with Thurgood Marshall’s retirement.

Review our timeline for a recap of the Clarence Thomas nomination, Anita Hill’s testimony and the ensuing events.

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