The Quest to Define Collegiate Desegregation: Black Colleges, Title VI Compliance, and Post-Adams Litigation


This book explores the evolution of the legal standard for collegiate compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 since 1990. Utilizing legal hermeneutics, the legal opinions of the major court rulings in the nineteen southern and border states are interpreted and analyzed, and a legal definition of desegregation emerges. This history of Title VI litigation in higher education reinterprets and elucidates the original intentions of "compliance." It also chronicles the excessive entanglement between the administrative branch of government and the federal judiciary branch. A clearer understanding of how higher education desegregation can be achieved emerges in light of the existing crises in public policy. Special emphasis is placed on exploring the definitions of equity and equality in interpreting higher education desegregation compliance goals.

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