Virginia Flags Flown At Half Staff For Civil Rights Leader

August 6, 2007

Governor Kaine ordered that state flags be flown at half staff this week in memory of a civil rights leader from Richmond.

Richmond lawyer Oliver Hill, who helped head the legal effort that desegregated the nation's public schools, died at his home Sunday at the age of 100.

Governor Kaine said in a statement yesterday that Hill's life's work was based on the simple truth that all men and women truly are created equal.

In 1954, Hill was part of a series of lawsuits against racially segregated public schools that became the U.S. Supreme Court's
landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, which changed
America's society by setting the foundation for integrated education.

Though blind and confined to a wheelchair in recent years, Hill remained active in social and civil rights causes. In 1999, he received the President Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, from President Clinton.

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