Town Hall Meeting to Focus on Impact of Affirmative Action

By Stuttley, Henry | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), March 28, 2003 | Go to article overview

Town Hall Meeting to Focus on Impact of Affirmative Action


Stuttley, Henry, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Henry Stuttley Daily Herald Staff Writer

The Rev. Theresa Dear believes her rise in corporate America has little to do with her skills.

Instead, she says her success in landing a position as vice president of human resources at Statistical Product Service Solution in Chicago has everything to do with affirmative action.

The president of the DuPage NAACP will lead a discussion about affirmative action during a town hall meeting Saturday at the DuPage A.M.E. Church in Lisle.

She says she hopes the discussion will enlighten participants about the significance of the U.S. Supreme Court's action on April 1, when it will hear arguments in a case challenging the use of affirmative action in the admissions policies at the University of Michigan.

Several students sued the university, claiming its system of awarding points for admission to minority applicants is a form of discrimination.

On Jan. 15, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.' s birthday, President Bush called the university's policy fundamentally flawed, a stance that has puzzled Dear.

"My understanding is that President Bush attended Harvard and Yale because of his father," the Bartlett resident said. "Just as I would receive additional points in a university because I'm black, he received additional points because he is 'Junior.'"

Some believe the controversy surrounding affirmative action at Michigan is another segment of the Civil Rights fight.

"What they're doing is setting back the clock," said Claude Audley, who was president of the DuPage NAACP from 1966 to 1969. …

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