Harvard University Downplays Role in No-Whites-Allowed Music Seminar Sponsored by Nike

Decision comes after federal civil rights complaint

Harvard University has downplayed its role in a music academy for racial minorities after a University of Michigan-Flint professor filed a federal civil rights complaint.

“This program discriminates on the basis of skin color by operating exclusively for BIPOC individuals only and illegally excluding and discriminating against non-BIPOC individuals on the basis of skin color,” Professor Mark Perry wrote in his complaint against the “No Label Academy at Harvard.”

Tampa Free-Press and Campus Reform reported on the complaint, though neither linked to a full copy of it in their articles.

Sponsors of the racially-segregated event include Nike and Converse.

After Perry filed his federal Title VI complaint, the NLA website added a statement about Harvard’s affiliation. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act “prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.”

“No Label is not affiliated with Harvard University, nor is No Label Academy a Harvard University program or activity,” the disclaimer on the group’s website now says.

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