Labor: Alexander's Plan

To dramatize what they called Harvard University's discriminatory hiring practices, a group of students last year occupied a university building. It was a mild melee to protest the scarcity of non-whites among laborers on campus construction jobs. But Harvard took it seriously, recalling all contracts up for award and hiring as a consultant Clifford Alexander Jr., a black partner of the Washington firm of Arnold and Porter.

Alexander, 36, is a brilliant, articulate graduate of Harvard University (cum laude) and Yale Law School. He was appointed chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity...

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