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Nation IN BRIEF : LOUISIANA : Plan OKd to End Desegregation Suit

November 15, 1994|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A federal judge in New Orleans approved a plan to end a 20-year desegregation battle by encouraging enrollment by blacks and whites alike at all Louisiana universities while preserving two historically black schools. The proposal is aimed at resolving a 1974 suit in which the Justice Department accused Louisiana of running a dual higher education system--one for blacks and one for whites. U.S. District Judge Charles Schwartz said a three-member committee will monitor the settlement. The historically black Southern University system and Grambling State University will remain intact. When the lawsuit was filed, Southern and Grambling were 99% black, and the others were 89% to 97% white.

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