In many ways, the upcoming Netflix documentary series ‘Marching Orders’ puts a lot of undue and unfair pressure on the Bethune-Cookman University Marching Wildcats. The band’s stories, it’s determination, and the inside look we may get at life within HBCU marching band culture may temporarily distract from what’s going on with the school, but it will not solve it.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has proposed a $100 million resolution to the state’s legal battle against stakeholders from it’s four historically black colleges and universities, hoping that the appearance of a big number could sway HBCU constituents to endorse a swift end to the landmark lawsuit which could shape public higher education for generations.
In a letter to lawmakers, Southern University System Presiden Ray Belton requested expediency in deciding appropriations for the 2018-19 budget year; just days before a state judge ordered the university to pay $13,000 to media organizations for refusing to release public records in connection to a potential fraud case.
Supporters of Maryland’s four historically black colleges plan intense voter outreach and campaigning throughout 2018, to support favorable mediation between the HBCUs and the State as it settles a desegregation lawsuit mandated by a federal judge.
Democratic swings in Virginia and Alabama show that the nation is ready for a seismic shift in political solutions to long-standing attitudes and the policies they produce. David Burton, President of the coalition which successfully sued the State of Maryland for enhancing segregation against its four historically black colleges and universities, writes in the Afro American Newspaper about the sense of urgency for black Marylanders to capitalize on the moment.
The court’s latest ruling creates more mediation between constituents at four historically black colleges and the State of Maryland. [Read more…] about Founding Editor Jarrett Carter Sr. Discusses the Recent Decision in Maryland’s HBCU Lawsuit
The landmark case involving program duplication and a 21st century “separate but unequal” system of higher education will enter another mediation phase to create remedies for Maryland’s four historically black institutions.
Controversial Texas legislator Briscoe Cain is preparing to file a free speech lawsuit against Texas Southern University, alleging that the school denied him of his constitutional right to free expression when it canceled his scheduled appearance on campus last week amid student protests. From the Dallas News:
The debate over academic free speech has ramped up this year as colleges and universities across America grapple with who should be invited to their campuses. Citing security concerns, Texas A&M University recently canceled an event featuring white supremacist Richard Spencer, and TSU disinvited Sen. John Cornyn from being a commencement speaker after student outcry.
News of the suit comes as the law school dean and central administration continue to clash over Cain’s speech, which Lane said was canceled because the student group that organized it was not registered with the student services department at the main campus.
TSU’s chapter of the Federalist Society, a conservative law organization with local branches across the country, is registered with the law school’s Student Bar Association but not with student services on the main campus. Interim Dean James Douglas, who heads the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, has characterized the cancellation as a free-speech violation.
TSU officials say that the cancellation was a result of the event not being cleared through channels of review, and because the invitation was extended by a non-registered campus organization.
Protests real and threatened against conservative lawmakers on campus have become a recurring story line at Texas Southern, as Sen. John Cornyn was disinvited from delivering the school’s commencement address in May.
WASHINGTON – Amid fears of student protest, Texas Southern University has canceled a commencement address set to be delivered by Sen. John Cornyn. Cornyn, a Texas Republican and the second-ranking member of the Senate, was scheduled to speak at the historically black college’s graduation ceremonies Saturday in Houston.
A former Paine College administrator who is suing the embattled private university for unlawful termination appears to be heading to court.
The Augusta Chronicle reports on former institutional advancement vice-president Brandon Brown, who sued the college in 2014 alleging that he was terminated after the resignation of former president George Bradley, but that his firing was in breach of his long-term employment agreement.
Former Paine College official Brandon Brown’s lawsuit against the financially troubled college appears headed for trial after a recent order filed by U.S. District Judge J. Randal Hall. Brown was a 2000 graduate of Paine hired by former Paine President George Bradley as the vice president of institutional development in 2008.
Shortly before he resigned, however, Bradley extended Brown a four-year employment contract. On the date he resigned, Bradley instituted an addendum giving Brown a severance package “for any premature termination” that Brown might encounter before the end of his four-year term, according to facts established in Hall’s order and detailed in court filings.
Former Paine interim president Samuel Sullivan fired Brown in 2014, who is looking to return to the school in his old position and for four years of lost wages.
Land given to Morris Brown College more than 75 years ago from Clark Atlanta University on the condition of its continuing use for academic purposes must be returned to CAU, a Georgia Court of Appeals judge ruled last week.
Clark Atlanta University should regain ownership of 13 acres it deeded to Morris Brown College more than 75 years ago, the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled Monday. Morris Brown sold the land in 2014 to the Atlanta Development Authority, now called Invest Atlanta, according to court documents.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on the latest chapter in the land dispute, which stemmed from embattled Morris Brown selling land to the City of Atlanta’s development organization to help satisfy long-standing financial debts. Clark Atlanta officials had contested the sale on the merits of the agreement reached with Morris Brown in 1940.