This Day in Black History: Nov. 3, 1997

This Day in Black History: Nov. 3, 1997

Supreme Court upholds affirmative action ban in California.

Published November 3, 2011

The Supreme Court upheld California's Proposition 209, the 1996 initiative that banned race or gender from being considered in state and local government employment, contracting decisions and state college or university admissions. Critics say minority enrollment at California's public universities has suffered in response — even as the number of minority high school graduates rises in the state.

(Photo: Kristopher Skinner/Contra Costa Times/MCT /LANDOV)

Written by Britt Middleton


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