Daniel G. Hill

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Daniel G. Hill
Daniel Grafton Hill III

(1923-11-23)November 23, 1923
Independence, Missouri
DiedJune 26, 2003(2003-06-26) (aged 79)

Daniel Grafton Hill III, OC OOnt (November 23, 1923 – June 26, 2003) was a Canadian sociologist, civil servant, human rights specialist, and Black Canadian historian.

Born in Independence, Missouri, he grew up in the western United States. In 1948, he graduated with a BA from Howard University. In 1950, he moved to Canada to study sociology at the University of Toronto. He received an M.A. in 1951 and a Ph.D in 1960.

From 1955 to 1958, he was a researcher for the Social Planning Council of Metropolitan Toronto. From 1958 to 1960, he was Executive Secretary of the North York Social Planning Council. In 1960, he was the assistant director of the Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Research Foundation. From 1961 to 1962, he taught in the department of sociology at the University of Toronto.

In 1962, he was the first full-time director of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. In 1972, he became Ontario Human Rights Commissioner. In 1973, he resigned to found his own human rights consulting firm. From 1984 to 1989, he was the Ontario Ombudsman.

He founded the Ontario Black History Society.[1] In 1981, he wrote the book, The Freedom Seekers: Blacks in Early Canada.[2]

In 1993, he was awarded the Order of Ontario. In 1999, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

In 1953, he married Donna Bender, a civil rights activist (1928-2018).[3] They had three children: singer-songwriter Dan Hill, author Lawrence Hill, and poet and novelist Karen Hill.

He was the nephew of Violet Hill Whyte.


  1. ^ Encyclopedia of Canadian Social Work, by Francis J. Turner, p. 176. Social service Canada Encyclopedias. 2005 Wilfred Laurier University Press, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2I 3C5, www.wlupress.wlu.ca
  2. ^ Hill, Daniel G. The Freedom-Seekers: Blacks in Early Canada. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Stoddart Publishing Co. Ltd.
  3. ^ Hill, Lawrence (June 1, 2018). "Act of love: The life and death of Donna Mae Hill". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved August 22, 2018.

External links[edit]

MCNEIL, DANIEL. Ushering Children Away from a ‘Light Grey World’: Dr. Daniel Hill III and His Pursuit of a Respectable Black Canadian Community. Ontario History 99, no. 1 (2007): 96–106.