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Robert B. Hill

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Sociologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Favorite Quote:
Achieving Against The Odds.

Birthplace

Born:
9/7/1938
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Sociologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Favorite Quote:
Achieving Against The Odds.

Birthplace

Born:
9/7/1938
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Robert Bernard Hill was born on September 7, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York. His mother worked as a domestic and his father was a cook. He attended New York City public schools. In 1956, Hill earned his high school diploma from Boys High School, where he was active in student government, the school paper, and the math and history clubs.

From 1956 until 1961, Hill attended City Colleges of New York, where he earned his B.A. degree in sociology. While attending City Colleges in 1960, he reactivated the campus Youth NAACP chapter and became its president. During his tenure, he befriended and invited civil rights activist Malcolm X to speak to students. Hill went on to earn his Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University in 1969.

Hill became a social researcher for the National Urban League in 1969, and continued to work in that capacity until 1981. In 1972, he published his first book, The Strengths of Black Families to counter negative stereotypes of blacks in the 1965 report on the Negro family by Daniel Moynihan. While working for the Urban League, Hill taught sociology course at Fordham, New York University, Princeton, the University of Maryland, Howard University, and the University of Pennsylvania. From 1981 and 1986, Hill worked for the Bureau of Social Science Research. From there, he worked as a consultant at the White House for the Reagan Administration where he researched and documented self-help groups around the country. From 1989 until 1998, Hill worked as a Research Director at Morgan State University. In 1999, Hill published his latest book, The Strengths of African American Families: Twenty-Five Years Later. During that same year, Hill was offered a position with Westat, a research firm in Rockville, Maryland, where he remains today.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Robert B. Hill lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Robert B. Hill describes his mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Robert B. Hill describes his mother's work and personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Robert B. Hill describes his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Robert B. Hill details his African ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Robert B. Hill talks about his maternal ancestors
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Robert B. Hill talks about his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Robert B. Hill describes his paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Robert B. Hill describes his earliest memories of growing up with his siblings in New York, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Robert B. Hill describes his childhood activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Robert B. Hill describes his childhood neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Robert B. Hill talks about his teachers at P.S. 42 in New York, New York, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Robert B. Hill talks about his teachers at P.S. 42 in New York, New York, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Robert B. Hill describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Brooklyn, New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Robert B. Hill describes his experiences attending Antioch Baptist Church in New York, New York, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Robert B. Hill describes his experiences attending Antioch Baptist Church in New York, New York, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Robert B. Hill remembers encountering HistoryMaker Reverend Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Antioch Baptist Church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Robert B. Hill talks about his junior high school experiences at P.S. 9 in New York, New York, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Robert B. Hill talks about his junior high school experiences at P.S. 9 in New York, New York, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Robert B. Hill recalls when Jackie Robinson presented him with a trophy for winning a table tennis tournament at his junior high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Robert B. Hill talks about his mentors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Robert B. Hill talks about his friendships during his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Robert B. Hill recalls his decision to attend Boys High School in Brooklyn, New York, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Robert B. Hill describes his experiences at Boys High School in Brooklyn, New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Robert B. Hill recalls working in a hardware store during high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Robert B. Hill talks about choosing to attend The City College of New York in New York, New York for his undergraduate schooling
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Robert B. Hill talks about switching his major from engineering to sociology at The City College of New York in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Robert B. Hill talks about inviting Malcolm X to speak to the NAACP Youth Chapter at The City College of New York in New York, New York, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Robert B. Hill talks about inviting Malcolm X to speak to the NAACP Youth Chapter at The City College of New York in New York, New York, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Robert B. Hill talks about completing his master's degree in sociology at Columbia University in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Robert B. Hill reflects upon the publication of the 1965 Moynihan Report, 'The Negro Family: The Case for National Action' by Daniel Patrick Moynihan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Robert B. Hill talks about how he came to work for the National Urban League in the late 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Robert B. Hill talks about heading a census project for the National Urban League research department in 1970
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Robert B. Hill reflects upon his census research on African American families for the National Urban League
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Robert B. Hill talks about the national impact of the Coalition for a Black Count census project
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Robert B. Hill describes the genesis of his 1972 book, 'The Strengths of Black Families'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Robert B. Hill talks about his research on African American families and publishing his report, 'The Strengths of Black Families,' as a book in 1972
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Robert B. Hill describes the responses to his 1971 report, 'The Strengths of Black Families'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Robert B. Hill talks about his relationship with Ron Brown of the National Urban League
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Robert B. Hill explains his decision to leave the National Urban League
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Robert B. Hill talks about his employment with the Bureau of Social Science Research
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Robert B. Hill talks about his work as a research consultant for the White House in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Robert B. Hill recalls his encounters with President Ronald Wilson Reagan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Robert B. Hill considers the impact of welfare reform on African American families
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Robert B. Hill talks about his responsibilities as research director at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Robert B. Hill talks about his research responsibilities at Westat in Rockville, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Robert B. Hill talks about his findings in 'The Strengths of Black Families: 25 Years Later,' the sequel to his first report
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Robert B. Hill talks about the effects of the income gap for African American families
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Robert B. Hill details the sociological changes he observed among African American families from the time of his 1971 report and his more recent study
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Robert B. Hill reflects upon the impact of racism for African Americans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Robert B. Hill talks about the role of the media in perpetuating negative myths about African Americans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Robert B. Hill shares advice for African American parents
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Robert B. Hill describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Robert B. Hill describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Robert B. Hill reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Robert B. Hill narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Robert B. Hill narrates his photographs, pt. 2