Because of an editing error, the location of the Antioch Law School was incorrectly identified in yesterday's editions of The Post. The school is in buildings at 1624 Crescent Pl. NW. and 2633 16th St. NW.
About 1600 students, most of whom were black, marched two miles yesterday from the White House to the U.S. Capitol building shouting and waving placards in protest of the Bakke reverse discrimination case, now before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The protest was organized by the Black American Law Students Association to attract more public attention to the controversial case in which Bakke, who is white, claims he was denied admission to the University of California Medical School because the school has set aside 16 of 100 slots in its freshman classes for minorities.
Bakke's suit against the school was upheld by the California State Supreme Court, which struck down the use of special admission programs. But the U.S. Supreme Court has been asked by the University of California to rule on whether such affirmative action programs are constitutional.
Many of the marchers who assembled in Lafayette Park across from the White House said they decided to participate in the protest because they felt a U.S. Supreme Court in favor of Bakke would have a direct effect on their futures.
"I would like to go to medical school someday," said Diane Waller, 18, a freshman at Howard University. "If Bakke wins, all the gains of the civil rights movement of the 1960s would be lost. It would be twice as hard for me to get into a school to study medicine."
Edward N. Everett, regional director of BALSA and a student at the University of Maryland Law School, said he believes a U.S. Supreme Court decision for Bakke would have a "chiling effect" on affirmative action programs for all minorities.
"Affirmative action is the only remedy for racism against minorities," said Everett. "With program, we might as well go back to out some kind of affirmative action before the Brown decision of 1954 (which desegregated schools) or even back to slavery."
"The main thing we're trying to get over in this protest," said Pat Dixon, president of the Student Bar Association at Howard University Law School, "is that the Bakke case could affect the futures of all non-whites who are seeking an equal chance in our society."
Most of the students who participated in yesterday's march were from colleges in the Washington area. More than 200 students from the Howard law school arrived for the protest on chartered buses. Large contingents of black law students also came from Antioch Law School in Columbia, Md., which suspended classes for the day, and the Georgetown Law School.
About 350 students from McKinley Technical High School also attended the protest. Ida Knight a 10-grade teacher who accompanied the group, said the entire student body was invited last week to participate in the protest because the Bakke case has a direct bearing on their futures.
Joan Franklin, 17, and a senior at McKinley, said she plans to study photography at the College of Visual Arts, Rochester, N.Y. If Bakke wins, Miss Franklin feels her chances for pursuing her chosen career could be hurt.
"I may never need an affirmative action program. But if I do I would like for it to be there," said Miss Franklin. "If Bakke wins, that might wipe out everything black people have worked for.
"It won't only affect education, but jobs, too," she added. "And black people are not going to let it happen."
Carla Hunt, also a senior at McKinley, said she plans to study fashion design at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She said she would probably-need a federal loan to finance her education and that the Bakke decision could end federal money specifically for minority students.
Rep. Parren Mitchell (D-Md.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, was among a dozen speakers who addressed the protest crowd from the west steps of the Capitol.
"There comes a time in the lives of oppressed people when you must decide not to retreat," Mitchell said. "We retreated under Nixon; we retreated under Ford. Now it is time for us to draw the line and say we will retreat no further."
"We are talking about more than just the Bakke case," he added. "But a system which attempts to keep the masses contained by keeping them out of work and robbing them of their manhood and a system which tries to control students by putting them in all white universities and putting 50 percent of them on probation and putting the rest of them out . . ."
Del Walter E. Fauntroy (D-D.C.) told the group that the gains made by the civil rights protests of the 1960s, are at stake with the Bakke case."The question is how many young people will be denied the opportunity to reach their potential, if the Supreme Court makes the wrong decision," Fauntroy said. He added that affirmative action is meaningless without goals, numbers and quotas.
D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry appeared at the protest to announce that the City Council recently passed a resolution designating the week of Oct. 3-8, "Overturn Bakke Week."
"What I'm convinced of is whether you have a PhD or no 'd', you're in trouble if you're poor and a minority in this country," Bakke said. "Today can't be the only day we protest.We must protest every day until Bakke is overturned."