Monday, October 22, 2001

Rally to support racial-diversity policies

        A rally to defend racial-diversity policies will go on as planned in Cincinnati on Tuesday, despite postponement of a hearing on a lawsuit involving those issues that has drawn national attention.

        The lawsuit, which has been followed closely nationwide, argues that the University of Michigan discriminates against whites in favor of less-qualified minorities.

        The hearing had been scheduled before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. It was postponed on Friday until Dec. 6 so the entire nine-judge panel could hear the case, rather than the three-judge panel that would have previewed it.

        The university argues that it has a right to use race as a factor in admissions, saying that students need to be exposed to people of other races and ethnic groups to get a good education. The plaintiffs argue that race illegally becomes a decisive factor that discriminates against whites.

        Tuesday's rally begins at 10 a.m. in McMicken Commons at the University of Cincinnati. Participants will march downtown to Fountain Square to hear national and local speakers at noon.

        Sponsors include the Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow-PUSH Coalition, the Founding Conference of the New Civil Rights Movement, and the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action & Integration.

        The Rev. Mr. Jackson was to appear Tuesday, but will now likely attend another rally Dec. 6 in Cincinnati.


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