Members of the Morehouse College 2002 graduating class

Maryland’s HBCUs Rally for Funding and Support

Organizers believe there is a need for more funding, increased financial aid, and improved facilities for the colleges to compete with other schools

by The Grio, February 04, 2013

Members of the Morehouse College 2002 graduating class

Members of the Morehouse College 2002 graduating class sing their school song during commencement ceremonies May 19, 2002 in Atlanta.

Photo courtesy of Erik S. Lesser/Getty Images

More than 2,000 students and supporters of Maryland’s four historically Black colleges and universities will converge outside the Maryland State House Monday afternoon to lobby legislators for increased funding and support.

The demonstration, organized by a coalition of groups, is scheduled to take place at 5.30pm. The organizers, which include the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, say the colleges were underfunded during the era of segregation and the state has not done enough to close the gap.

“Our message is clear,” said LáVita M. Simpson, executive director of the Caucus, “We now need to focus on HBCUs and the issues that have resulted from a history of underfunding.”

Read it at The Grio.



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