Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

ACLU Brings Freedom Message to College Campuses

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

ACLU Brings Freedom Message to College Campuses

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BALTIMORE

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is bringing its message to college campuses this fall with its 2003 College Freedom Tour, the organizations first national effort to reach college-age youth.

Last month, the tour landed at the University of Maryland-College Park, drawing more than 750 students to discuss issues of privacy and profiling, both of which have become more pressing in a post-Sept. 11 environment.

"We wanted to educate students about some of the issues that affect them that they might not be aware of on the college campus," says Meredith Curtis, with the ACLU of Maryland. The tour was planned as a way of organizing students around the issues, said Curtis, adding that a lot of the students who attended the College Park event were already aware of privacy and profiling issues particular to their campus, such as the use of social security numbers as student I.D. numbers.

The festivities began with a political forum led by humorist Bob Somerby. Student presidents of ACLU chapters at the University of Maryland and nearby Johns Hopkins University talked about the activist work they were doing in order to give attendees examples of how they can get involved. …

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