Sisters Testify is a history project to connect not only with the signatories of the “African American Women in Defense of Ourselves” proclamation but also with those who may not have signed.

Sisters Testify is also interested in hearing from people of all races and genders 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, opposed the statement, or supported Clarence Thomas’ nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Your story and your vantage point matter. Together, we can provide insights into gender, race, regional, and generational politics in America following Anita Hill’s testimony during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Clarence Thomas’ nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1991.

If you did not sign, please add your voice to the project.

This survey may take you anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes to complete, depending on how much reflection you enjoy.

You will be able to save your answers, and the survey will auto save every 5 minutes, so please, sit back with a cup of tea and think back to what was going on for you in 1991.


You can download this form or cut and paste the questions into a separate document.


Send your answers to Sisters Testify:

By email or by snail mail.

Attention, Delida Costin
3542 Fruitvale Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602


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  1. How did you hear about the African American Women In Defense of Ourselves initiative? Please Select - Sisters Testify website / Friend/Personal community / Work/Professional network News/Media / Other
  2. If you had known about the proclamation in 1991, do you think you would have signed? Please Select...Yes / No / Not Sure
  3. What was your situation at the time in 1991? Were you working? A student? Married? Ill? Overseas? A mother? Please provide any details you care to share.
  4. Did you identify with or participate in a social, cultural, or political movement at the time? Please select Yes / No
  5. In what city and state, or country did you live in 1991?
  6. How old were you in 1991?
  7. Did you participate in conversations or activities related to the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings in 1991? Please Select Yes / No
  8. Do you currently identify with or participate in a social, cultural or political movement, or have you in the past twenty-five years? Please select Yes / No
  9. What lasting impact do you think the hearings had for our larger society?
  10. Do you have contact information for anyone who could be helpful to hear from? Why might he or she be helpful?
  11. Gender
  12. Race/Ethnicity
  13. How did you hear about Sisters Testify? Please Select - Social Media Contact (Facebook or Twitter)/ Phone Call / Letter / Friend / Professional Contact Word of Mouth / Other (if other, please explain)
  14. Do you have any other comments that might be helpful?

Thank you for taking the time to complete our survey.

We are excited by the enthusiasm of those we have reached, and by the response rate. We know you’re busy and we’re grateful for the time you’ve spent telling us your story.

Last spring, we reached out to as many signatories as we could find. We have contacted many by email, snail mail, and via social media, but we are always looking to reach signatories we haven’t been able to find.  Please pass the news about this project to anyone who may have signed.

Stay tuned to hear what we learn. In the interim, please don’t hesitate to let us know what information you would like to learn about the other signatories or the project.

Once again, thank you!