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LIS 950: Libraries and community

The purpose of this seminar is to explore an important topic in library and information studies in depth — in all its intertwined historical, cultural, philosophical, and political aspects — through a graduate reading/discussion seminar. The topic varies each time the course is taught; this time around, we will focus on "libraries and community"

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Protected Minority?

Adkins and Espinal say, "The ALA Spectrum Scholarships began in 1997 with an initial funding base of $1.5 million. The funds were used to support both scholarships and programs. Spectrum scholars are chosen from the four 'protected minority' categories recognized by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Act: African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American, and Native American" (52-53). Does anyone know the specific law that Adkins and Espinal refer to as "U.S. Equal Opportunity Act?" In my searching, I cannot find such an Act.


Blogger Greg D. said...

I believe they're actually talking about the Voting Rights Act of 1965, originally targeted to African-Americans but expanded through 1975 amendments to include cultural "language minority" communities such as Hispanic/Latino, Native American, and Asian American groups. These are the standard "protected" minority groupings. See [http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/voting/intro/intro_b.htm] for more.

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