HBCU Students Organize Rally Urging Maryland To Settle Lawsuit

November 13, 2019
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Maryland students from the state’s four historically black colleges and universities are rallying in Annapolis on Wednesday to encourage lawmakers to settle a lawsuit from 2006. 

The lawsuit claimed the state didn’t provide enough funding to HBCUs while financially supporting similar programs at other state-funded universities. 

In September, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan made a $200 million settlement offer that he said would be his last

Students from Morgan State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Bowie State University and Coppin State University will attend the rally, the Associated Press reported. 

In a letter to state leadership, the four schools suggested the state pay $577 million to settle the lawsuit. 

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