ST. LOUIS (AP/KMOV) -- An agreement was made after six black Washington University students were turned away from a Chicago nightclub.
The six students made it clear they have no intention to take the owners of a Chicago nightclub to court. Instead the group said they've reached a settlement with Mother's Original Bar that includes several concessions from the Chicago night spot. First a formal apology to the students, awareness training for all the bar's managers, and the nightclub’s participation in several diversity fundraisers and a public demonstration in Chicago next month. The students said they have agreed not to file suit or seek money from the bar.
The six students were told they couldn't enter the bar because of a policy forbidding baggy pants. Then, they say a white student switched jeans with one of the black students back at the hotel and was allowed to enter in the same baggy pants.
Lawyer Brad Grayson said Original Mothers does not believe it discriminated against the black students, but would apologize because they had a bad experience.
Rep. William Lacy Clay has asked the U.S. Justice Department to look into an alleged instance of racial discrimination.
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