Black CU law students fight for library exhibit
A Story from the Denver Post, on the refusal of University of Colorado law school\'s library to put up a Black History month display.
A group of black law students wanted to tell their classmates this month about the case of an escaped slave denied freedom by the courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that separate but equal was the best way for races to co-exist.
But the director of the University of Colorado law school\'s library said no.\"She hasn\'t proffered any reasonable explanations,\" said Haygood, a second-year law student from Denver. \"Today, she said she is the one in charge of that display case and can decide what goes in there.\"
\"But we were trying to document from a factual perspective black people\'s existence in the legal system,\" Haygood said.
While the students were working out the details of the presentation, head librarian Barbara Bintliff asked to review the materials they planned to use, Haygood said.
Of the eight quotes the students wanted to highlight in the display, Bintliff nixed six, Haygood said, including excerpts from Supreme Court justices\' opinions in the case of Dred Scott, an escaped slave, and Plessy vs. Ferguson, the 1896 case that produced the separatebut-equal doctrine.