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Florida Black Lawmakers Protest Bush Repeal of Affirmative Action

HeadlineJan 19, 2000

This news from Florida: Two black lawmakers have staged a sit-in at the State Capitol in Tallahassee to protest Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s executive order repealing affirmative action for state contracts and university admissions. The sit-in began yesterday afternoon and continued into today. In Florida, Lieutenant Governor Frank Brogan’s office, Florida State Senator Kendrick Meek of Miami, and Congress member Tony Hill of Jacksonville spent the night there with nine reporters, who were told if they left, they wouldn’t be allowed to return. A Florida law enforcement agent sat at Brogan’s desk throughout the night. Jeb Bush announced the sit-in and vowed it would not change his position on affirmative action.

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