Charles Hill

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Rev. Charles A. Hill of Michigan, was a clergyman and socialist activist.

National Negro Labor Council

In 1950 Quill Pettway, along with Dave Moore, Coleman Young, notable Detroit activists Lebron Simmons and Rev. Charles Hill was a proud founding member of the National Negro Labor Council. The NNLC had the goal of working through unions to advance the cause of all Black people and all workers.

Though McCarthyism and HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee) hearings targeted NNLC leaders and caused the demise of the organization, it won important victories against discrimination both inside and outside the labor movement and is considered the forerunner of today's Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.[1]

Herbert Aptheker Testimonial Dinner

On April 28, 1966 Charles Hill was a sponsor of the Herbert Aptheker Testimonial Dinner. The dinner was held on the occasion of Herbert Aptheker's 50th birthday, the publication of his 20th book, and the 2nd anniversary of the American Institute for Marxist Studies. It was held in the Sutton Ballroom, The New York Hilton, Avenue of the Americas, 53rd to 54th Street, New York City. Most speakers, organizers and sponsors were known members or supporters of the Communist Party USA.[2]

American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born

In the late 1960s Charles Hill was listed as a Co-Chairman of American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born[3].


  1. Quill Pettway, 94: A giant laid to rest by: John Rummel & April Smith January 20 2015
  2. Dinner Program for the Herbert Aptheke Dinner, April 28, 1966
  3. ACFPFB Letterhead, undated Hugh DeLacy paper Acc 3915,Box 3 Folder 20