Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Hundreds Rally in Support of Affirmative Action. (Affirmative Action Watch)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Hundreds Rally in Support of Affirmative Action. (Affirmative Action Watch)

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DETROIT

The weather outside was freezing, but the crowd was on fire. Despite temperatures around 30 degrees, a couple hundred people, many waving signs and wearing University of Michigan colors maize and blue, filled a city street earlier this month to rally in support of affirmative action.

The crowd clapped and cheered as civil rights leaders, members of the clergy, college students and others spoke about their support for the cause and the University of Michigan's legal battle to preserve its race-conscious admissions policies.

After the rally outside Tiger Stadium, the former home of the city's baseball team, the group marched several blocks to the federal courthouse.

The Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit branch of the NAACP, said the U.S. Supreme Court and President Bush need to realize that affirmative action is still needed. Anthony said if people can get consideration for being athletes or for legacy--having relatives who attended a school--there should be consideration for race.

"Race should be discovered and developed as a character," Anthony said. "Our legacy isn't going to a university, it was building the university for everyone to enjoy. …

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