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Velma Hill

Longtime civil and labor rights activist. Fifty years ago, she and her husband, Norman, helped organize the nonviolent protest at the New York World’s Fair that sought to highlight discriminatory hiring practices at the fair and at exhibiting companies. At the time, she was the East Coast field director of the Congress of Racial Equality, or CORE. She went on to work as assistant to the president of the United Federation of Teachers. The couple is working on a memoir about love and activism called Climbing Up the Rough Side of the Mountain.

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