Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

On Equality, Obama Tells HBCU Students: "We Have More Work to Do"

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

On Equality, Obama Tells HBCU Students: "We Have More Work to Do"

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If elected president, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama would work to restore justice and equality in the country and confidence that Americ's judicial system works for everyone, Obama told the Howard University community at a ceremony marking the start of the 140th academic year.

"For the first time in eight years, the civil fights division will actually be staffed with civil rights lawyers who prosecute civil rights violations and employment discrimination and hate crimes" Obama said. His administration, he said, would recruit more public defenders by forgiving college and law school loans.

Obama spoke at the end of a week that marked the 50th anniversary of nine Black students integrating Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. Three days before this anniversary, an estimated 20,000 traveled to Jena, La., to protest charges against six Black teens involved in a fight with a White teen last year at Jena High School. Protesters have argued that the case stemmed from discrimination and the Black students are being unfairly prosecuted. …

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