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March 11, 1994|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Disney World Heeds Minority Protests: The Orlando, Fla., theme park announced a program for hiring more minority contractors in response to complaints from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and other groups. The SCLC then canceled the "Mickey Is a Rat" demonstration it had planned for Saturday at the park. The Rev. Roderick Zak of the SCLC said Walt Disney Co. has set a goal of 15% minority participation by the year 2000 in business and construction related to Disney World. Judson Green, president of Walt Disney Attractions, said Disney will commit $1 million to helping new minority businesses get started, and a spokeswoman for Orange County, Fla., said the county will add $1 million to its minority seed money and lending program.

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