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Anita Hill honored by Victim Rights Law Center

Anita Hill (center) with the center’s executive director Stacy Malone and singer Naia Kete.

Cheryl Richards

Anita Hill (center) with the center’s executive director Stacy Malone and singer Naia Kete.

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Yes, 20 years later, Anita Hill would do it all again. Hill, who became a household name quite suddenly in 1991 when she testified that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her when they worked together at the US Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, says she has no regrets. “A lot of positive things have happened — in the workplace, in terms of people being empowered to pursue a claim, in court cases,” Hill told us. “Would they have happened without my testimony? I don’t know.” A professor at Brandeis University since 1998, Hill was honored this week by the Victim Rights Law Center, receiving the group’s 2012 Shining Star Leadership Award. (Last year’s recipient Representative Niki Tsongas made the presentation.) Hill said she was happy to speak at the event at the Park Plaza, but typically keeps a low profile. “I am what I am. I want to be able to use my voice in a way that’s authentic,” she said. “I’m not trying to be anyone else.”

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