The Equal Opportunity Library

Google’s ambitious book digitization project will democratize access to knowledge for members of minority and other underrepresented groups, said scholars and activists gathered at the Howard University School of Law on Wednesday.

Panel members at the historically black university applauded Google’s plan to scan and index 10 million books for the Web. Among those who will benefit are African Americans and Latinos who attend inner-city schools and lack a quality education, said Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.

“This project is so incredible because it helps level the playing field at the fundamental intersections of rights, knowledge and advocacy,” he said.

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