Live Event 10.31.2022

Rally For Affirmative Action

October 31, 2022 8:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

United States Supreme Court

1 First Street NE Washington, D.C. 20543

Register here!

On Monday, October 31 the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for two cases concerning the consideration of race as one factor in college admissions at Harvard and the University of North Carolina.

All students deserve a fair shot at going to college, regardless of their family’s finances, where they grew up, or their racial and ethnic background. But systemic and racial inequities still prevent all students from having equal access to educational opportunities. Affirmative action helps to expand higher education opportunities to those who have been historically denied by ensuring that the many talents and experiences of students of color aren’t overlooked in admissions processes that tend to be biased against them.

The time is now to show our support for diversity in higher education and stand against those who seek to divide us. We need as many people as possible! The Leadership Conference, in collaboration with the African American Policy Forum, Asian Americans Advancing Justice- AAJC, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Legal Defense Fund will be hosting a rally outside the Supreme Court on October 31 at 8 am. Join us to show your support for affirmative action!

Please email [email protected] for questions or concerns.

In proud partnership with:

  • African American Policy Forum
  • American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED)
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Alliance for Justice
  • The Center for Popular Democracy
  • Demand Justice
  • Fund for Leadership, Equity, Access and Diversity (LEAD Fund)
  • Mexican American Legal Defense Fund
  • NAACP Youth & College
  • National Action Network
  • National Urban League
  • National Women’s Law Center
  • Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
  • People for the American Way

Speakers include:

  • Maya Wiley, president and CEO, The Leadership Conference Education Fund
  • John C. Yang, president and executive director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC
  • Damon Hewitt, president and executive director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Rakim Brooks, president, Alliance for Justice
  • Jessie Ryan, executive vice president, Campaign for College Opportunity
  • Kristin Mink, senior legislative organizer, Center for Popular Democracy
  • Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson, president & CEO, Children’s Defense Fund
  • Muskaan Arshad, Coalition for a Diverse Harvard
  • Chris Kang, co-founder and chief counsel, Demand Justice
  • Alaina Ruffin, George Mason University NAACP president
  • Kylan Tatum, co-educational political chair, Harvard Asian American Association
  • Chelsea Wang, co-educational political chair, Harvard Asian American Association
  • David Lewis, political action chair, Harvard Black Students Association
  • Sally Chen, Harvard College, Class of 2019
  • Itzel Vasquez-Rodriguez, Harvard College, Class of 2017
  • Lourdes Rosado, president and general counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF
  • Andrea Senteno, regional counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Ivory Toldson, director, education innovation and research, NAACP
  • JaLynn Davis, Howard University chapter lead, National Action Network
  • Joi Chaney, executive director, Washington Bureau and senior vice president of policy + advocacy, National Urban League
  • Fatima Goss Graves, president and chief executive officer, National Women’s Law Center
  • Devin Freeman, North Carolina NAACP state political action chair & North Carolina Central University NAACP vice president
  • Markus Batchelor, deputy director of leadership programs, People For the American Way
  • Quyên Đinh, executive director, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
  • Christina Huang, co-lead, UNC for Affirmative Action
  • Sarah Zhang, co-lead, UNC for Affirmative Action
  • Andrew Brennen, University of North Carolina, Class of 2019
  • Star Wingate-Bey, University of North Carolina, Class of 2016
  • Catherine Ho
  • Jonathan Loc
  • Angie Shin
  • Patricia Youmans and LaVone Hicks