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  • Justices to re-examine use of race in college admissions

    10/10/12

    Heman Marion Sweatt and Abigail Noel Fisher both wanted to attend the University of Texas at Austin.

    Both claimed their race was a primary reason for their rejection. Both filed civil rights lawsuits, and the Supreme Court ultimately agreed to hear their separate appeals -- filed more than half a century apart.

  • South Carolina Voter ID Law Barred From 2012 Implementation, But Pre-Cleared For 2013

    10/10/12

    WASHINGTON -- A three-judge panel barred South Carolina's voter ID law from going into effect before the 2012 election on Wednesday, but said it could be implemented in elections beginning in 2013.

  • Federal Court Rejects South Carolina’s Restrictive Voter ID Law for November Election; Allows Implementation in 2013

    10/10/12

    (Washington, D.C) – In a significant voting rights development, a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected South Carolina’s request under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to implement its discriminatory photo identification measure in time for the November 2012 elections.

    The court will allow South Carolina to implement its law in 2013.

  • Why diversity in higher education isn't optional

    10/10/12

    For many students, college is the first time that they have meaningful interactions with people of other races. Because many of our nation’s neighborhoods and schools remain segregated, not by law but in fact, the opportunities to learn from, work with, and live alongside people who are different are often limited in American life. For decades, the United States Supreme Court has helped to break down these barriers through landmark rulings that paved he way for the nation’s universities to pursue the twin goals of academic excellence and broad diversity.

  • LDF on 'BronxTalk' on the Challenge Against NYC Specialized High School Admissions Process

    10/09/12

    In school districts across the nation, talented African Americans and other students of color are denied a fair opportunity to gain access to the life-changing educational experiences provided by specialized schools for high-achieving students and gifted/talented education programs.  As a result, elite public schools and programs, which provide key pathways to college and then to leadership locally, regionally, and nationally, are among the most segregated.