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         Rev. Jesse Jackson, President and Founder of the Rainbow
    Coalition, announced that the group will convene a National
    Rainbow Summit on Minority Concerns in Intercollegiate Athletics
    at Howard Univ. from June 23-24.  The goal of the summit, as
    stated in a Rainbow release, "is to discuss and evaluate minority
    concerns in college sports and to develop specific
    recommendations and/or NCAA legislation to address those concerns
    which include not only minority hiring but also the impact of
    academic standards on minorities."  The Rainbow Commission for
    Fairness in Athletics will also release its "Fairness Index,"
    rating Division I schools on several factors, including the
    number of black athletes, graduation rate, and the number of
    blacks in coaching and administrative positions (Rainbow).
    Jackson:  "There is a national attack on affirmative action and
    nowhere is there a more glaring disparity than in college sports"
    (Mark Asher, WASHINGTON POST, 4/19).

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