On a chilly Washington day, the University defended
affirmative action before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Energetic supporters and opponents gathered at the marble steps
to witness the historic day. Some slept outside the night before
for the chance to sit inside and hear the rapid-fire exchanges between
justices and attorneys. U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) (photo 5)
was one of many public figures who spoke in support of affirmative
action. President Mary Sue Coleman gave numerous interviews, including
one to NPR talk show host Tavis Smiley (photo 6). All photos by
Marcia Ledford, U-M Photo Services
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