When They Call You a Terrorist

by

Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele

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Donna Hill Character Analysis

Donna Hill was Patrisse and Carla’s art history teacher at Cleveland High School. She let Patrisse and Carla move in with her after graduation to give them more stable lives after over a year of homelessness. Patrisse stayed for two years, and Carla stayed for three. Patrisse considered Donna to be one of her spiritual guides—she taught Patrisse Transcendental Meditation and, rather than yelling at the girls when angry, taught them about what it means to act considerately while building a community. Donna also helped Patrisse find her first job out of high school, working at a social justice camp. Patrisse has remained close with Donna through adulthood.

Donna Hill Quotes in When They Call You a Terrorist

The When They Call You a Terrorist quotes below are all either spoken by Donna Hill or refer to Donna Hill. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the St. Martin's Griffin edition of When They Call You a Terrorist published in 2020.
Chapter 6 Quotes

She is the first adult who doesn’t think who we are, how we live and love, needs anything but support, some architecture. She understands our, Carla’s and mine, emerging idea of building intentional family, a concept that I suppose will later become the basis of our theory of change.

To outsiders—in many cases outsiders being our families—our relationships may have seemed complex or odd or even dangerous. But to us they made sense. To us they were oxygen and still are.

Related Characters: Patrisse Khan-Cullors (speaker), Donna Hill, Carla
Page Number: 83
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Donna Hill Character Timeline in When They Call You a Terrorist

The timeline below shows where the character Donna Hill appears in When They Call You a Terrorist. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6: Out in the World
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Family, Community, and Healing Theme Icon
...of their different friends or else sleeping in Carla’s car. When they graduate, their teacher Donna Hill invites them to live with her temporarily, but they stay for years. Though they... (full context)
Chapter 7: All the Bones We Could Find
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...prison when Patrisse is 20 years old and fully immersed in community organizing. After graduation, Donna tells her about a social justice camp where she teaches kids about systems of oppression... (full context)
Chapter 8: Zero Dark Thirty
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...fight against the school district for fining parents $250 each time their kid was late.) Donna taught her how to live a life centered on faith. And her chosen family taught... (full context)