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Professor John Brittain in The Afro on HBCU 'Equality' Lawsuit

Thursday, December 15, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
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Professor John Brittain was quoted in The Afro about a lawsuit where he serves as co-counsel seeking $2.1 billion to remedy disparities between Maryland's historically Black colleges and universities and its traditionally White institutions. "The best thing is that we are cleared for trial. All the preliminary issues have been settled," said Professor Brittain.

The lawsuit, filed in October 2006 by a group of students and alumni of historically Black colleges known as the Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education Inc., contends that Maryland has operated a higher education system of "de jure segregation” - racial segregation imposed by law - in funding for operations and program duplication that is in violation of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court and of Title VI of the U. S. Civil Rights Act of 1964. It also alleges that, even as Maryland negotiated with the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education to dismantle its segregated system, MHEC and other state education officials instituted policies and programs that further separated its Black and White schools.

Read the full article in The Afro, "HBCU 'Equality' Lawsuit." Read more about the lawsuit in The Baltimore Sun, "HBCU lawsuit: A troubled legacy." Read more about Professor John Brittain on his faculty page.
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