This Day in Black History: Oct. 20, 1991

Anita Hill testifies before the Senate that she had been sexually harassed by Clarence Thomas.

Posted: 10/20/2011 07:00 AM EDT

In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Anita Hill said that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her. Thomas was ultimately confirmed by both the committee and the Senate, but Hill’s testimony would spark a national conversation about sexual harassment.

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