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Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
Registered Nurse

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South Africa
Favorite Quote:
It's Going To Get Better.

Birthplace

Born:
10/28/1923
Birth Location:
Holguin,

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
Registered Nurse

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South Africa
Favorite Quote:
It's Going To Get Better.

Birthplace

Born:
10/28/1923
Birth Location:
Holguin
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Biography

Azira Gonzalez Hill, referred to as Atlanta’s Angel for her works as a civil rights activist and nurse, was born in Holguin, Cuba, on October 28, 1923, to a large working class family of eight siblings. As a young woman, Hill worked diligently as a student to provide opportunities that would enable her to flourish outside of Cuba; because of her academic achievements, she was finally afforded the opportunity to come to the United States to study through her church. Hill attended Bethune Cookman, Morris Brown, and Georgia State University, ultimately becoming a registered nurse. Hill married Jesse Hill, a prominent civil rights figure, with whom she had two daughters.

Hill worked as a nurse at Grady Hospital Educational Department, Price High School, and Ralph Bunche Middle School, before her retirement. After her retirement, Hill remained an active member of Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church; the Azalea Links, Inc.; the Inquirer Literary Club; the Circlelets; and the Quettes. Hill also founded the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Talent Development Program at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, which named its scholarship fund in her honor. Hill has been involved with the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center’s Board of Directors; the Board of Directors of the Center for Puppetry Arts; the Southeastern Flower Show; the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; and St. Joseph’s Mercy Care. In 2008, Hill was named a life director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, an honor which at the time only belonged to five other individuals.

Hill has received awards from the Association of the National Negro Musicians for promoting Black music and musicians, and the Martin Luther King Federal Commission for her service. Hill also received the Golden Rule Award for community service from J.C. Penney; the Ralph Bunche Middle School Medal; the School Nurses Association for Merit and Distinction; the Lexus Leader of the Arts Award; and a Mercy Care Award for Service.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill narrates her photographs
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Slating of Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill describes her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill remembers her mother supporting the family after her father's death
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill recalls moving to the United States
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill remembers her childhood in Holguin, Cuba
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill remembers her childhood home in Holguin, Cuba
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill describes the diversity of her neighborhood in Holguin, Cuba
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill remembers a supportive teacher from her elementary school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill describes her middle school experiences in Holguin, Cuba
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill remembers her experiences at Boylan-Haven School in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill remembers her personality and aspirations as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill describes attending church in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill remembers experiencing exclusion at Boylan-Haven School in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill explains her decision to attend Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill talks about leaving Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill remembers returning to Cuba briefly after obtaining her nursing license
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill describes how Jesse Hill courted her
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill recalls the strict regulations at Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill remembers having her two children while working as a nurse
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill describes her return to work as a school nurse
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill recalls her and her husband's involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill reflects upon her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill talks about her connections to Cuba
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill reflects upon the reception of Latino immigrants in the United States
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill talks about her philanthropic work
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill describes her husband, Jesse Hill
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill talks about her grandchildren's accomplishments
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill describes the rewards of nursing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill describes her concerns for the African American and Latino communities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill explains her values
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill explains the importance of history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill remembers her best friends
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill talks about Big Bethel A.M.E. Church in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Azira Gonzalez Sanchez Hill describes youth programs at Big Bethel A.M.E. Church