On Belhalf of the Maryland Black Caucus, we are proud to forward the message below:
On February 4, 2013 more than 2,000 students and supporters of Maryland’s four Historically Black Colleges and Universities – including Morgan State University, Bowie State University, Coppin State University, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore - will converge on the Maryland State House to lobby legislators for increased funding to support these historically underfunded universities.
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The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland has made it its top priority this year to provide parity funding for the states four Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Prior to the rally, the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland will meet with Governor Martin O’Malley at the Governor’s Mansion to carry the student’s request directly to Maryland’s top official. We must show the Governor that the people of Maryland want fair funding for Maryland's HBCU community. In order for the Governor to take a stand on this issue we must show that there is strong support throughout Maryland. The way we'll do that is if we can deliver thousands of petition signatures to the Governor on February 4th.
“Maryland can serve as a model for the rest of the country as other states grapple with the issues of past state-supported segregation and discrimination in higher education,” said Delegate Aisha N. Braveboy, Esq. “Governor O’Malley can be a leader by doing the right thing and providing increased funding for historically underfunded universities.” As part of the Caucus’ push, they are calling on Governor O’Malley to find a just end to the six-year legal battle between the Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education in Maryland, which represents the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the State of Maryland.
Additionally, given that both parties have indicated that they would seek an appeal should they not prevail in the lawsuit, which could result in an additional six years of litigation, the Caucus is asking that Governor O’Malley provide for a special appropriation of $14 million per year in funding over the next five years, beginning in 2014
A diverse coalition of groups supports this call to action. The initiative is backed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), CASA de Maryland, B.E.S.T. Democratic Club, Maryland Young Democrats, and the Sierra Club.