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This is the text of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther
King's speech at the Lincoln Memorial on Aug.
28, 1963. In memory:
I am happy to join with you today in what will go
down in history as the greatest demonstration for
freedom in the history of our nation.
Five score years ago, a great American, in
whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed
the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous
decree came as a great beacon light of hope to
millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in
the flames of withering injustice. It came as a
joyous daybreak to end the long night of their
But one hundred years later, the Negro is still

sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and
the chains of discrimination; one hundred later,
the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the
midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity; one
hundred years later, the Negro still languishes in
the corners of American society and finds himself
in exile in his own land.
So we've come here today to dramatize a
shameful condition. In a sense we've come to our
nation's capitol to cash a check. When the
architects of our republic wrote the magnificent
words of the Constitution and the Declaration of
Independence, they were signing a promissory
note to which every American was to fall heir. This
note was the promise that all men, yes Black men
as well as white men, would be guaranteed the

unalienable rights of life, liberty, and pursuit of
It is obvious today that America has defaulted
on this promissory note in so far as her citizens of
color are concerned. Instead of honoring this
sacred obligation, America has given the Negro
people a bad check; a check which has come back
marked "insufficient funds." We refuse to believe
that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults
of opportunity of this nation. And so we've come
to cash this check, a check that will give us upon
demand the riches of freedom and the security of
We have also come to this hallowed spot to
remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This
is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or

to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is
the time to make real the promises of democracy;
now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate
valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial
justice; now is the time to lift our nation from the
quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of
brotherhood; now is the time to make justice a
reality for all God's children. It would be fatal for the
nation to overlook the urgency of the moment.
This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate
discontent will not pass until there is an
invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.
Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a
beginning. And those who hope that the Negro
needed to blow off steam and will now be content,
See KING'S, Page 5

Ninety-eight years of editorial freedom

Vol. XCVIII, No. 74

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Monday, January 18, 1988

Copyright 1988, The Michigan Daily


M icers
rare road
Special to the Daily
CHICAGO - The mathematical
rules of inverse definitely apply.
One year ago this weekend, when
Illinois-Chicago came to Ann Arbor
and swept the host Wolverine
hockey team, Wolverine head coach,
Red Berenson labeled that series the
"low point of my coaching career at
This weekend provided Bereflson
with the opposite result and the
"high point" of his college coaching
career as visiting Michigan swept
Illinois-Chicago, .5-2 and 6-3.
"This weekend gave me a real
good feeling," exclaimed a jovial,
smiling Berenson. "This is the best
that I have felt since I have been at
Michigan. This is the high point of
the Michigan hockey program since
I have been here."
The road sweep, Michigan's first
since 1985-86, gave the Wolverines
a firm grip on fourth place in the
CCHA with a 12-10 league record,
See RAZOR, Page 9
preme Court judge yesterday blocked
the deportation of Palestinians ac-
cused of fomenting anti-Israeli unrest
in the occupied Gaza Strip.
Judge Shlomo Levin issued the
temporary injunction as military au-
thorities reported a lull in the six-
week wave of violence in Gaza and
scattered incidents in the occupied
P West Bank.
Leaders of two Gaza refugee
camps appealed to the army to ease
curfews imposed on their communi-
ties and to free detainees, but were
told that order must first be restored,
At least partial curfews were in effect
See REFUGEE, Page 2

code draft
Fleming says.1w

will 'pursue'


In remembrance
LSA sophomores Lisa Bradham, Leslie Cole and Angela Waters, sing at a vigil commemorating the life of Dr
Martin Luther King, held in East Quad Friday night.. For related events see The List. See story on Page 3.
Regents refuse de- mand
to inld.asin log

The University's Board of Regents voted 7-0 on
Friday against a proposal to change University regental
bylaw 14.06 to include a prohibition against
discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Members of Lesbian and Gay Rights Organizing
Committee (LaGROC) termed the decision
"reactionary" and said they would continue to pressure
the regents to amend the bylaw.
"There are so many gay students and professors here
and they deserve some kind of protection," said
LaGROC co-founder Carol Wayman.
The current bylaw prohibits discrimination based on
race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or
ancestry, age, marital status, handicap or Vietnam era
During the discussion, Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann
Arbor) moved that the University investigate
allegations of homosexual activities in Mason Hall's
public restrooms.
Baker later rescinded the motion after Regent James
Waters (D-Muskegon) amended it to include an
investigation into acts of racism and sexism on

campus. But Interim University President Robben
Fleming said he would organize a small-scale
investigation into the allegations Baker mentioned.
Waters said he opposed the investigation, calling
Baker's proposal unnecessary and "kind of ludicrous".
Baker supported the investigation because the
allegations "directly affect the image of the University
and directly affect public perception of the University".
LaGROC member Linda Kurtz said Baker's proposal
"was totally, completely irrelevant to the (proposed)
bylaw change...- I don't approve of sex in public
restrooms, but it has nothing to do with our civil
Regent Thomas Roach (D-Saline) said he opposed
the bylaw change because he believed it would force the
University to stop its business dealings with
organizations like the armed forces that do not accept
"Wedon't want to get bogged down in that
quagmire of 'Let's cancel all government action,"' said

Interim President R o b b e n
Fleming told the University's Board
of Regents Friday that he plans to
implement his proposed policy to
deter student harassment and
discrimination he released as a. draft
last Monday.
Fleming, however, would not
specify a timeline on the policy's
"I do welcome ideas of any sort. I
do intend to pursue this idea,"
Fleming said as he discussed the
document with the regents for the
first time since it was made public
last week.
The document - which has come
under fire by students, legislators and
civil rights leaders - outlines
sanctions like academic probation or
suspension against students who
verbally or physically harass others.
Fleming maintains that the
document was offered as a starting
point to solve the University's
discrimination problem, but some
students say it limits free speech on
A majority of the regents praised
Fleming's policy on Friday. Regent
Veronica Latta Smith (R-Gross Ile)
said the draft was "a step in the right
But Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann
Arbor) expressed dissatisfaction with
the policy, though he praised
Fleming's initiative. "I have a n
outright fear that what (students) say
in a private way will be used by

colleagues in attempt to censure
them or silence them."
"I caution all of us not to go
down the route that is going to cause
members of this community to be
fearful to speak," said Baker.
Many of . the regents outlined
suggestions for a final policy.
Regent James Waters (D-Muskegon)
criticized Fleming's proposal to
enforce the policy, through the
schools and colleges. Waters
suggested that the policy be enforced
by the Vice President of Student
According to Fleming's draft of
the policy, the regents need not
approve the proposal, though he
asked for their input.
Instead, Fleming proposes to
implement the policy through
regental bylaw 2.01, which grants
the president power to promote the
"maintenance of health, diligence,
and order among the students."
By using bylaw 2.01, Fleming
bypassed regental bylaw 7.02, which
states that any change in the rules of
non-academic conduct must be
approved by the University Council,
a nine-member committee of
students, faculty, and administrators.
Bylaw 7.02 also requires that any
such change must be ratified by the
Michigan Student Assembly and the
faculty's Senate Advisory Committee
on University Affairs.
Some students, however, charge
that Fleming is bypassing bylaw
See FLEMING, Page 3

See LaGROC, Page 2

Fleming backs dean;
UCAR remains angry

Interim President Robben Flem-
ing defended LSA Dean Peter
Steiner's allegedly racist remarks at
the University's Board of Regents
meeting Friday, but Steiner's critics
said they are still waiting for a reso-
lution of the conflict the remarks
have caused.
A U.S. Department of Justice
official, who came to campus Thurs-
day to assess the controversy, com-
mended Fleming's plan to meet this
week with Steiner, Vice President for
Minority Affairs Charles Moody, and
other administrators to work towards

istrators this week.
In a statement released Friday,
Hall noted he was on campus just to
discuss the conflict, not to investi-
gate it. "I am encouraged by the re-
solve I sensed in President Fleming."
Michael Nelson, head of the Uni-
versity's branch of the NAACP -
which criticized Steiner's remarks -
spoke privately to Hall on Friday
morning. "He agreed that something
would have to be done about increas-
ing the awareness of Steiner's office
towards minority issues."
Fleming refused yesterday to
comment on what he planned to say


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