Dispatches Skin Deep 101

At Harlem's City College, day one of Professor Leonard Jeffries' spring semester class, African Heritage 101, begins meekly -- no sign of the brouhaha that surrounded Jeffries' dismissal in 1992 from his post as chairman of the college's Black Studies department for having allegedly made anti-Semitic statements; no sign of the uproar that greeted Jeffries' court-ordered reinstatement (and $400,000 damages award) last August; no sign of the outraged editorials that have made Jeffries a national figure. And no sign of Jeffries. Forty-five minutes after class was scheduled to start in a windowless, first-floor lecture hall, he still has not arrived. Several...

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