(Washington, D.C.) – Increasing diversity in America calls for developing new strategies to promote inclusion, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law announced today when it endorsed the Strength in Diversity Act. The following is a statement from Damon Hewitt, acting president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:
“Today, many of our nation’s public schools are re-segregating at alarming rates, in some cases to levels not seen since the late 1960’s. As our nation becomes increasingly diverse, it is imperative that our school districts keep pace by promoting school integration and its tremendous benefits, including reducing tokenism, breaking down stereotypes, and producing cross-cultural understanding and friendships. This legislation will help support critical efforts to ensure a high-quality education that promotes diversity and inclusion for all students. Through unwavering commitment and the big, bold ideas embodied in this legislation, we can bring about the changes necessary to strengthen our schools, and strengthen the fabric of our nation in the process.”
About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of voting rights, criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and hate crimes. For more information, please visit https://lawyerscommittee.org.