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ERIC Number: ED180294
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Pages: 44
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Lawyers v. Educators: Changing Perceptions of Desegregation in Public Higher Education.
Preer, Jean
An examination is presented of how lawyers and educators have brought their unique perspectives to bear on the relationship between legal right and educational opportunity in three issues. It is explained that in the formative era of segregation, increasing racial hostility forced questions of educational opportunity to take precedence over the advancement of legal access to higher education. The NAACP acceded to a compromise to insure federal funding for public black colleges. From the period of the NAACP litigation campaign, the question of a regional education compact divided lawyers who fought the extension of segregation and educators who sought to save the Meharry Medical College and the educational opportunities it provided black students. In the post-Brown era, black educators in Adams v. Richardson warned that a mechanical application of public school precedents threatened the future of black colleges. Educators in the Adams suit helped to shift the focus away from the issue of racial identifiability to the more basic question of access. It is concluded that lawyers and educators need to work together to devise techniques to increase the numbers and proportion of black students and faculty in every phase of higher education. (Author/PHR)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A