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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Worker
Social Activist
Social Work Researcher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Fish, Beans, Corn Muffins, Coleslaw
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
If You Don’t Where You’re Going, Any Road Will Take You There.

Birthplace

Born:
11/6/1945
Birth Location:
Cleveland, Ohio

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Worker
Social Activist
Social Work Researcher

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Fish, Beans, Corn Muffins, Coleslaw
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
If You Don’t Where You’re Going, Any Road Will Take You There.

Birthplace

Born:
11/6/1945
Birth Location:
Cleveland
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Biography

Civic leader, social worker, social activist, and author Paul Hill, Jr. was born on November 6, 1945 to Mabel Craig Hill and Paul Hill, Sr. in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from Cleveland’s John Adams High School in 1964, Hill earned his B.S. degree in business education from Ohio University and master’s degrees in educational policy studies and social work from the University of Kentucky and the University of Wisconsin. He also completed training with the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland in organizational and systems development.

Hill served for thirty three years as CEO and President of one of the oldest and largest children, youth and family community based services organizations in Cleveland, Ohio. He retired in 2011. Hill is a former W. K. Kellogg Foundation Leadership Fellow (1989 – 1992), and conducted field studies on the socialization of males. In 1992, he authored Coming of Age, a book based on his research on African American boys and men. In 1993, he established The National Rites of Passage Institute, which is designed “to create a critical mass and community of adults to serve and develop youth.” Since 1993, the Institute has provided training to more than 700 men and women in twenty cities. In turn, these individuals have been responsible for mentoring and supporting more than 10,000 children and youth in neighborhood and community-based programs. He has also published several journal articles on rites of passage and human development, including “African Presence in the Americas: Rituals and Rites of Passage.”

A much sought-after speaker, Hill is also active in many community activities, including Kwanzaa cultural programs. Hill and his wife, Marquita McAllister Hill, are the parents of seven children and seven grandchildren.

Paul Hill, Jr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 17, 2004.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Paul Hill's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Paul Hill lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Paul Hill describes his maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Paul Hill describes his paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Paul Hill comments on his relatives' migration from Alabama to Cleveland, Ohio in the 1930s and 1940s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Paul Hill describes his parents' high school education in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Paul Hill talks about his family's history in sharecropping and at Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Paul Hill describes his three brothers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Paul Hill describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Paul Hill talks about John O. Holly and the Future Outlook League in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Paul Hill narrates his photographs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Paul Hill describes his mother, Mabel Craig Hill
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Paul Hill talks about the post office's role in livelihood of the African American community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Paul Hill talks about his grade school years and other graduates of John Adams High School in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Paul Hill talks about public housing in Cleveland, Ohio, and his neighbors in Cleveland's Lee-Harvard community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Paul Hill describes his memories of the March on Washington and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Paul Hill talks about his sheltered home as well as attending Ohio University in Athens, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Paul Hill describes his experience at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Paul Hill narrates his photographs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Paul Hill talks about his transition to campus life at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Paul Hill talks about his early social activism, student teaching at John Hay High School in Cleveland, Ohio, and joining the Teacher Corps
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Paul Hill describes seminal moments in Lexington, Kentucky that shaped his desire for social activism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Paul Hill describes his experience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Ford Fellow
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Paul Hill remembers his younger brother's death
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Paul Hill talks about campaigning for Carl Stokes' reelection and working with Arnold Pinkney at the Cleveland Board of Education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Paul Hill talks about desegregation in Cleveland Public Schools in the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Paul Hill talks about a disagreement with the Cleveland Board of Education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Paul Hill describes his work as a regional educational specialist for the U.S. Justice Department Community Relations Services, pt.1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Paul Hill describes his work as a regional educational specialist for the U.S. Justice Department Community Relations Services, pt.2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Paul Hill describes his work in the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Paul Hill talks about positive conditions for social and cognitive development in black students prior to integration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Paul Hill talks about his wife, Marquita McAllister Hill
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Paul Hill talks about his children and grandchildren
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Paul Hill describes the African American community in East Cleveland, Ohio, and the state of the African American family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Paul Hill describes the black community's self-perception
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Paul Hill comments on systemic issues affecting the black community in East Cleveland and his family's experience in the city
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Paul Hill describes the history of and services at East End Neighborhood House in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Paul Hill talks about East End Neighborhood House's partnership with Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Paul Hill comments on the social services in Cleveland, Ohio and a Ford Foundation study on Cleveland's African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Paul Hill talks about the social pacification of the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Paul Hill describes the importance of knowing African American history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Paul Hill begins to talk about the National Rites of Passage program
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Paul Hill talks about the creation of the National Rites of Passage Institute
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Paul Hill describes his rites of passage efforts as an extension of Kwanzaa
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Paul Hill talks about the eight principles taught through the National Rites of Passage Institute
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Paul Hill talks about published works on rites of passage and his concern for preserving the integrity of the National Rites of Passage Institute
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Paul Hill describes the significance of his contributions and the importance of rites of passage
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Paul Hill narrates his photographs