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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Activist
Police Officer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Chicken Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Puerto Rico
Favorite Quote:
Right On.

Birthplace

Born:
7/10/1951
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Activist
Police Officer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Chicken Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Puerto Rico
Favorite Quote:
Right On.

Birthplace

Born:
7/10/1951
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

The oldest of three children, Patricia Lynne Hill was born on July 10, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois. Her parents, Lucille Fleming and Hercules Richardson, migrated from the South. Hill (then Richardson) earned a diploma in 1968 from Harlan High School. As a youth, Hill excelled in athletics, touring the nation with Chicago's Mayor Daley Youth Foundation track team, where she was mentored by Olympians Willye White and Ira Murchison. Hill barely missed making the U.S. Olympic Team in 1968 at the finals in Pomona, California. In the 1970s, she was a pioneer in women's professional basketball as a member of the Chicago Debs.

Hill attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, but moved back home to finish her B.S. at Chicago State University. She spent her last year as a physical education instructor in the Chicago Park District, and then used her degree to become a public school teacher in 1974. Finally, Hill turned to a career in law enforcement in 1986, serving as a bodyguard to Mayor Harold Washington in 1987.

An outspoken community-oriented police officer, Hill served as both president and executive director of the African-American Police League. She brought her views on racial profiling of drivers and controversial shootings of civilians by police officers to such venues as the Medill School of Journalism and the Chicago Headline Club. She was a sounding board for the black media on important crime and safety issues.

A member of the Black United Front and the National Black Police Association, Hill also worked with Demico Youth, a cultural arts program serving the Cabrini Green housing project, where she developed the now famous Near North Little Leagues. She threw her hat into the political arena in 1999 when she unsuccessfully ran against Dorothy Tillman for the Third Ward aldermanic seat. Hill has three adult children: Trennie, Stacy and Ronald.

Hill passed away on September 3, 2017.

Dulaney, Marvin. Black Police in America. 1995.

Coyle, Daniel. Hardball. 1987.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Patricia Hill's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Patricia Hill lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Patricia Hill describes her family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Patricia Hill describes her mother Lucille Fleming's employment
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Patricia Hill describes her father 's employment
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Patricia Hill describes her siblings and her pediatrician, Dr. Edward Beasley, who lived in the Bronzeville area in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Patricia Hill talks about growing up in Princeton Park in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Patricia Hill describes the sights, smells, and sounds of her childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Patricia Hill describes the sights, smells, and sounds of her childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Patricia Hill describes the racial segregation of the South Side of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Patricia Hill talks about attending Gillespie Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois and playing hooky in kindergarten
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Patricia Hill talks about attending Gillespie Elementary School and Harlan High School in Chicago, Illinois in the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Patricia Hill talks about being part of the Richard J. Daley Youth Foundation Women's Track Team in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Patricia Hill talks about participating in the 1968 Olympic Trials for track with Tommie Smith and HistoryMaker John Carlos
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Patricia Hill talks about graduating from Harlan High School in Chicago, Illinois, and later entering Northern Illinois University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Patricia Hill describes her work as a student to establish a black studies program at Northern Illinois University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Patricia Hill talks about track, volleyball and basketball at Northern Illinois University and at Chicago State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Patricia Hill describes teaching at Roberto Clemente High School in 1974
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Patricia Hill describes teaching at Taft High School in 1977 during Chicago's effort to desegregate schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Patricia Hill talks about playing semi-pro basketball with The Debs under coach Dorothy Gaters
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Patricia Hill shares playing semi-pro basketball while pregnant with her son
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Patricia Hill talks about choosing law enforcement over teaching in 1986
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Patricia Hill talks about becoming President of Chicago Police Department's African American Police League in 1990
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Patricia Hill describes being targeted by other officers when she was president of the African American Police League in the Chicago Police Department
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Patricia Hill talks about the methods used to disqualify African Americans in the Chicago Police Department
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Patricia Hill describes attempts to discredit her as president of the Chicago Police Department's African American Police League
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Patricia Hill talks about fighting the Chicago Police Department's attempts to discredit her
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Patricia Hill describes community organizing in relation to the Chicago Police Department
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Patricia Hill talks about Chicago Police officers who have been accused of wrongful death of African Americans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Patricia Hill describes what the African American Police League does with the black community in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Patricia Hill talks about the African American Police League's commitment to the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Patricia Hill describes the need in the black community to change from occupying policing to domestic peace policing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Patricia Hill talks about her campaign for alderman of Chicago's Third Ward in 1999 against Dorothy Tillman
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Patricia Hill describes her philosophy of black nationalism and her campaign for Chicago City Council
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Patricia Hill reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Patricia Hill talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Patricia Hill talks about her parents, Lucille Fleming and Hercules Richardson