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."
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."