Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Jesse Jackson Urges Students to Fight University of Michigan Ruling

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Jesse Jackson Urges Students to Fight University of Michigan Ruling

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ANN ARBOR, MICH.

After a federal judge ordered the University of Michigan law school to stop using race in its admissions policies, the Rev. Jesse Jackson urged students at a campus rally to fight the ruling.

Jackson told hundreds of students at an afternoon rally early this month to take up where the civil rights movement of the 1960 left off.

"You must not let them turn back the clock," Jackson said. "Ann Arbor, it's your day. Don't let these Confederates turn back the clock. This is an American flag, not a Confederate flag."

U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman ruled early this month that the use of race in admissions at the Michigan law school is unconstitutional (see Black Issues, April 12).

A day after the ruling, the university asked Friedman to put on hold his order that the law school stop using race in its admissions policy while it appeals. Friedman, however, refused to delay implementation of his order, saying that the university did not show it was likely to succeed in its appeal or that it would be irreparably harmed if it immediately complied with his order.

However, on April 5, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals granted the University's request to stay the district court's recent ruling on the law school's admissions process. The three-judge panel also said it would expedite the university's appeal.

"As the 6th Circuit noted, Judge Friedman's opinion diverged from other recent interpretations of Bakke," said UM Law Dean Jeffrey Lehman in a statement. …

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