SUPREME COURT TO ISSUE SEPARATE RULINGS ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

The Supreme Court took a procedural step Friday that will allow the court’s first Black woman to participate in a high stakes challenge to affirmative action in college admissions.

The court agreed in January to take up the issue by granting two cases — one involving Harvard, a private university, and the other from the University of North Carolina, a public institution.

The court’s January decision to take up the cases presented the most serious threat in decades to the use of affirmative action by the nation’s public and private colleges and universities.

He sued Harvard and UNC in federal court, claiming their undergraduate admissions systems were discriminatory — against Asian American students in the Harvard case and both Asian American and white students in the North Carolina case.

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