Grambling officials monitor funding suit

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Grambling State University officials are monitoring a Maryland federal lawsuit that seeks to bring more resources to universities that enrolled African-American students during the Jim Crow era, hoping it will bring attention to years of underfunding at Louisiana’s historically black colleges.

A coalition of plaintiffs representing historically black colleges in Maryland filed suit in 2006. A trial took place in federal court last year.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake ruled in October that the coalition of alumni and students in Maryland proved the state’s higher education commission was essentially operating a two-track system of higher education despite federal laws banning racial segregation.

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