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Fifteen years ago, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit flouted Supreme Court law when it struck down affirmative action at the University of Texas Law School. Last week, in an act of redemption, the appellate court upheld an admissions plan for undergraduates at the University of Texas at Austin that takes race into account to encourage diversity. The plan was adopted after the Supreme Court again approved affirmative action in higher education in 2003.
LDF Successfully Defends Race-Conscious Admissions in Higher Education
Federal Court Upholds UT Austin’s Admissions Plan as a Constitutional Pursuit of Diversity
BATON ROUGE — Louisiana departments aren't complying with a federal law that requires public assistance agencies that serve low-income residents to offer them voter registration, a civil rights group said Wednesday.
Lawyers representing the Louisiana State Conference of the NAACP sent a complaint letter to Secretary of State Tom Schedler, the Department of Children and Family Services and the Department of Health and Hospitals, asking for corrective action.
1/12/11Related Case or Issue:
Project Vote and NAACP Legal Defense Fund Put Secretary of State Tom Schedler on Notice of Voting Rights Violations
Fifty years ago, today, two African American students walked onto the campus of the University of Georgia in Atlanta, effectively integrating the school. One of them was Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Host Michel Martin speaks with the award-winning journalist and with Vernon Jordan, the civil rights lawyer who fought for black students to attend classes at the university, about that historic event and its legacy.