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Praise for U.S. Supreme Court decision

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Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, called the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Affirmative Action a huge victory for civil rights and equality in our nation.

In the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the U.S. Supreme court in a 4-3 decision affirmed the right of colleges and universities to pursue racial diversity as part of their educational mission, Ifill wrote.

The Court delivered its decision on June 24.

“We hope that this decision will end the thirty-year campaign by anti-affirmative activists to dismantle efforts by colleges and universities to provide access and opportunity to students of all backgrounds,” Ifill said.

National Bar Association to meet

The National Bar Association, the oldest and the largest organization of African-American attorneys, judges and law students, will hold its 91st annual convention in St. Louis from July 16-July 22.

Benjamin Crump, president of the National Bar Association
Benjamin L. Crump, president of the National Bar Association

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for president of the United States, has been invited to speak. The

National Bar Association also has invited U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to speak.

Attendees have also scheduled a tour of Ferguson, Mo.

Benjamin L. Crump, partner in Parks & Crump LLC, a Tallahassee, Fla., law firm, is the 73rd president of the National Bar Association, which is based in Washington, D.C. The National Bar Association was founded in 1925.

The rains came — heavy flooding hits Ghana

Severe flooding, caused by heavy and steady rains, has left at least 10 dead in Ghana.

Flooding in Accra, Ghana
Flooding in Accra, Ghana

John Dramani Mahama, president of Ghana, drove through several neighborhoods in Accra, the capital, on a motorcycle to survey the damage. Much of the city is under water, and mobility is severely limited.

June is Ghana’s wettest month of the year with an average rainfall of 178 millimeters or 7.01 inches. On a recent Sunday, there was 185 millimeters or 7.2 inches of rain.


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