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.”