Rally to save Maryland's historically black universities and colleges

Posted at 8:34 AM, Oct 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-30 08:34:57-04

An ongoing problem between the state of Maryland and HBCUs are the center of a rally Tuesday afternoon.

A rally is being held at Morgan State University in Baltimore at 11:30 a.m. to call for Maryland's historically black colleges and universities to get their fair share of funding.

More than a decade ago, a coalition sued the state accusing it of operating what it called a 'segregated university system' by allowing well-funded programs at traditionally white universities to undermine similar ones at historically black colleges.

A judge ruled that was a constitutional violation, and ordered a special master to develop a plan for HBCU's to get better programs and more funding, but the state appealed the ruling.

Governor Larry Hogan has offered up to $100-million to settle the lawsuit. The two candidates running against Hogan, Democrat Ben Jealous and Green Party Candidate Ian Schlakman, have both said they support the judge's ruling and would end the state's appeal.