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Funding at HBCUs Continues to be Separate and Unequal

During a recent panel at the White House, first lady Michelle Obama said, “Education is the single most important civil rights issue that we face today.”

Nowhere is this statement more evident than with the persistently unequal funding of the nation’s public historically Black colleges and universities.

Recent lawsuits in South Carolina and Maryland on behalf of the states’ public HBCUs contend that South Carolina State University in South Carolina and Morgan State University, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Coppin State University and Bowie State University in Maryland have historically received less funding and inequitable program offering compared to the states’ predominantly White institutions.