RAINBOW COALITION TURNS FOCUS TO COLLEGIATE "FAIRNESS"
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).