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Dr. Gloria Pearl Hill Black

Memorial for Dr. Gloria Pearl Hill Black

Born in Nueces County, Texas on Nov. 11, 1947
Departed on Jun. 13, 2014 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Thursday, Jun. 19, 2014
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Service: Friday, Jun. 20, 2014
3:00 pm
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Dr. Gloria Pearl Hill Black

Gloria "Doe Doe" Pearl Hill Black was an energetic, adventurous, inquisitive, ambitious little girl. Austin, Texas was her playground. She was only two weeks old when she arrived in Austin and was placed in the caring arms of her aunt, Pearl Etta Hill. Gloria embraced everything about this city. She attended Austin Schools, graduating from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1966. At Austin High, Gloria was active in many school clubs and activities. The one she is most proud of is being the first African American member of the Tennis Team. Gloria endured many incidents of racial discrimination, but was determined to not let it make her quit! She credits her coach, Ms. Herndon, for guidance and protection through those difficult times. Gloria was also on the Yearbook Staff and participated in the Drama and Journalism Club. This led to another passion of hers – writing - and she completed an internship with The New York Times where she was assigned to the United Nations

Ebenezer Baptist Church was her family church. John Hill was one of Ebenezer's founding members. Gloria was on Ebenezer's "Cradle Roll," joining the church at the age of twelve. After marrying Bill Black, they were blessed to become parents of five children, whom they cherished and adored. She was "mother" to at least sixteen other children, whom she nurtured and dearly loved.

Gloria was a licensed Master Social Worker, Advanced Practitioner, and Licensed Counselor with a Master's Degree in Education. She was a classroom teacher for five years and worked ten years with Texas Department of Mental Health-Mental Retardation. In 1995, she received her Ed.D. She was a faculty member and administrator at Huston-Tillotson (University) and faculty member at The University of Texas at Austin. She was a graduate of Leadership Austin. Gloria retired from the Texas Education Agency, Services to Children, Youth, and Families Units.

During her college years, Gloria worked here in Austin assisting (then State Senator) Barbara Jordan with clerical duties and data entry. She also played a vital role in Ms. Jordan's successful campaign for the United States Congress. During her professional career, Gloria was chairperson for the 25th Anniversary of the President's Commission on the Status of Women and was privileged to serve on that Commission during the administrations of four United States Presidents, thoroughly enjoying the acquaintances of the Bushes, the Clintons and the Obamas. One of the most memorable experiences she was afforded while working on the Commission was the opportunity to meet the Queen of England and Prince Charles.

Gloria served as advisor to the 101st through 105th Congressional Caucus for Children's Issues, eight years on the Board for the National Commission for Women, and six years on the Board for Children and Family Services. Gloria was a founding member and vice-president of the School Social Work Association of America and Texas School Social Work Association and President of the Southern School Social Work Council. She received awards from USA Today for her "AIDS Awareness for Women" campaign and from Texas Ms. for her contributions to women and children issues. She was Advisor for the Children's Summit.

Voted one of 150 Most Interesting Austinites by Austin Home and Gardens, Gloria was Vice President of the Texas Women's Political Caucus and served as City Commissioner of Austin, Texas. She was an active member of the Stephen F. Austin High School Reunion Committee, a charter member of the Mid-City Lions Club, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Jack and Jill of America, Inc., the Douglass Club, and the Woman's Missionary Union of Ebenezer Baptist Church. Gloria loved to cook and entertain. She was a member of the Culinary Arts Society and owner of "Pearlie's Catering."

Gloria was engaging and personable. She delighted in being with people. She was involved in all kinds of activities, from playing tennis in high school to being an avid bridge player. It didn't matter to her whether or not she was good at something. She just took pleasure in sharing experiences with others. She had great affection for the arts and entertainment and really enjoyed her music, embracing all genres, especially jazz and blues. Despite her health issues, her home was always open to friends and she remained actively involved in her church, her clubs and organizations and her special interests.

Gloria is predeceased by her parents, William Richard Hill and Josephine Debro Hill, one sister, Odessa Harvey and one brother, Sam Stein. In death, she is joyfully and affectionately reunited with her precious first born child, Alesia Deadra Black. Those who remain to cherish the memory of her time here on earth are: her husband Bill Black and her children: Sharron Black, William Black (Janet), Margretta Black, and Daniel Black (Adrienne); grandchildren, Natalie Rose Jones, Jordan Ashley Black, Serena Lillie Hughes, Breann Alexia Black, Jocelyn Grace Black, and Marshall William Black; dear friend and mentor Robbie Jones; other family members, friends, and co-workers.

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