4th Circuit judges say Md. HBCU lawsuit should be settled

January 9, 2019

A 12-year-old lawsuit that advocates have called the most important higher education desegregation case in decades “can and should be settled,” according to a panel of judges on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The case has pitted a coalition of advocates* of historically black colleges against Maryland’s higher education commission. Representatives supporting the state’s four HBCUs — Morgan State, Coppin State, Bowie State and the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore — accused the state of fostering segregation by allowing well-funded academic programs at traditionally white universities to undermine similar ones at their schools.

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