Anita Hill swears in before Senator Joseph Biden, Committee Chair, at the Senate Judiciary Committee nomination hearings for Clarence Thomas on October 11, 1991.
Immediately following Anita Hill’s testimony in 1991, three women, Elsa Barkley Brown, Deborah King and Barbara Ransby, launched an effort to raise funds to protest Congress’ treatment of Anita Hill by purchasing advertising space for a proclamation which would run in several newspapers, including The New York Times.
The more than 1600 names of the signatories made a powerful visual statement on the African American Women in Defense of Ourselves ad, designed by Amy E. Bartell, which was later adapted to poster size. Posters were printed in a limited edition by Kitchen Table Women of Color Press and shared with the signatories as a commemoration of their shared time in history.
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