WASHINGTON – Today, David Hinojosa, Director of the Educational Opportunities Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, testified before the U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee’s Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development during a hearing entitled “How SCOTUS’s Decision on Race-Based Admissions is Shaping University Policies.”
“Our country needs more success stories like those of students who, despite facing obstacles, earned their seats, succeeded in school, and are now succeeding in life,” said David Hinojosa. “We cannot allow the Supreme Court’s tortured history of the Equal Protection Clause and the promise of Brown v. Board to take those seats away. Anti-democratic actors want to turn back the clock to 1953 – not just in education but all facets of society where built-in, unearned, and bought-up privileges for the few determine who has opportunity and who does not. That is not the American Dream and we will continue to fight until pathways to higher education and a prosperous future are open to all.”
Hinojosa’s testimony highlighted the importance of advocating for racial equity, access, and justice in higher education, including the historic role the Lawyers’ Committee team served by arguing before the Supreme Court of the United States where he argued on behalf of the organization’s multiracial client group students and alumni.
Watch the full hearing, featuring Hinojosa’s testimony, here.
About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to mobilize the nation’s leading lawyers as agents for change in the Civil Rights Movement. Today, the Lawyers’ Committee uses legal advocacy to achieve racial justice, fighting inside and outside the courts to ensure that Black people and other people of color have the voice, opportunity, and power to make the promises of our democracy real. For more information, please visit https://lawyerscommittee.org.