Joshua St. Hill

2019 - WASHINGTON D.C.

Joshua St. Hill is a senior at Monticello High School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Joshua was the playwright and lead actor of an award-winning play, "A King's Story." Told from the perspective of a black teenager living in America, the play included his thoughts on police brutality, racial profiling, and the events of August 12th, 2017. Josh's play and the publicity it received on local television stations and newspapers generated an initial negative reaction from the police department. Subsequently, however, it led to several hours of conversation at the school between students and police officers, promoting greater understanding of the importance of working to bring the community closer together around the shared interests of respect and decency. The community began to recognize the play as not only an educating work on race relations in Charlottesville, but as a healer to the wounds that had been reopened from the town's past. Josh presented excerpts of his work at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York, and advocated for more conversations about race relations everywhere. Following the play's success, Joshua, with a few of his peers, started a Black Student Alliance Club at his high school in efforts to educate the community on African American culture. The club has created a day program entitled, "We Are Monticello." Consisting of presentations, reviews, and education about different subjects regarding African American history, the club's progress has been vital in improving diversity within the school. Outside of Monticello High School, Joshua works as an intern for the Carter G. Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia, researching racial history and African American culture.