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Kelly Sassi, Fargo, Published February 01 2013

Letter: NDSU violates spirit of Davies

The screening of “The Road to Little Rock” at the Fargo Theatre last week told the inspiring story of North Dakota Judge Ronald N. Davies’ courageous order to desegregate schools in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957. Arkansas state politicians were ignoring the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that made segregation of black and white students unlawful. Davies took the unpopular step of enforcing federal law and following his conscience about human rights.

We have something to learn from Davies’ actions in our present day. North Dakota State University faculty working on the university’s first child care leave policy were told they could not include a 12-week leave, as mandated under the Federal Family Medical Leave Act because state law provided for only a six-week leave. And now, state law is being touted as the reason for freezing a $1.2 million federal grant awarded to two women professors.

In the words of Judge Davies, the research funding needs to be unfrozen “forthwith.”