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Monday, October 22, 2012
Federal Court Debates Funding For Historically Black Colleges In Md.
Does the state equally fund its historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and predominately white colleges? That’s the question at the heart of a federal court battle.
Students from four of the state’s historically black universities rally in front of the Garmatz Federal Court Building coming with a message.
“All we’re asking for is equal funding.” Brian Stewart, a student at Morgan State University, said.
Inside the courthouse, attorneys representing the universities are too. After six weeks of debate, closing arguments come on Friday.
Morgan, Bowie, Coppin State universities and the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore are asking for a combined $1 billion. It’s money they say the state never paid over the decades following desegregation, even though federal laws required it.