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Detroit student joins BAMN to lead protest against U-M admissions office

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Brooke Kimbrough Brooke Kimbrough
Daisha Martin Daisha Martin
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WJBK) -- Detroit high school student Brooke Kimbrough, along with the pro-affirmative action group By Any Means Necessary, staged a protest Tuesday to demand more diversity at the University of Michigan.

BAMN is demanding an immediate appeal on behalf of Kimbrough and Birmingham Seaholm student Daisha Martin. Both applied to the university school and were denied admission.

Kimbrough, who is black, says she carries a 3.6 GPA, scored a 23 (out of 36) on the ACT test and is a leader of University Prep High School's winning debate team. Martin's is president of Seaholm's Black Student Union, plays the violin and started an annual march against racism. Her academic records were not made public.

"I believe I have been rejected because of the morals I stand for," said Kimbrough. "I will make it my civic duty to document every news of a rejection letter that the university produces to our black, brown and red bodies."

U-M officials tell FOX 2 they share students' concerns about diversity on campus and that increasing the number of unrepresented minorities on campus is a major goal of the administration.

On Wednesday, officials said a series of meetings between administrators and the Black Student Union have produced several steps aiming at increasing the percentage of black students.

It was back in 2003 when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down U-M's undergraduate admissions practice of assigning points to minority candidates in the undergraduate admissions process.

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