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Black professor ends hunger strike at MIT February 20, 2007

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James L. Sherley, an African-American professor at MIT who was denied tenure, ended his 12-day hunger strike at noon Saturday, but he made sure the administration knew he was still demanding tenure and immediate action to address perceived racism on campus, reports the Boston Globe.

      “Starting today, I will in fact break my fast, in celebration of the attention that has been brought to bear on issues of equity, diversity, and justice at MIT and in higher education,” he wrote in a statement posted on the university’s Web site.

      “Carefully modified from the original, my demands are still on the table. I urge the administration to act in good faith, to openly acknowledge and respond to the lines of communication and negotiation that have been in place for two weeks, and to find its way to meet these demands,” Sherley’s statement said.

      The Massachusetts Institute of Technology “will continue to work toward resolution of our differences with Professor Sherley,” said a statement posted with Sherley’s on the website.

      “Professor Sherley’s protest has focused attention on the effects that race may play in the hiring, advancement, and experience of under-represented minority faculty, and on ensuring that our grievance processes are comprehensive, fair, and timely. MIT is fully committed to addressing these issues,” the MIT statement said.

      According to the Globe, MIT says it has reviewed its decision to deny tenure to Sherley and that the decision is final.

      “We will continue to talk out our differences,” said Patti Richards, an MIT spokeswoman. Sherley said he had lost 20 pounds since beginning his hunger strike on Feb. 5.

CARD {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: eurweb.com

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