More than 50 years after the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed segregation in public education, a court will decide if Maryland is providing enough support to the State’s historically black colleges and universities, The Wall Street Journal reported.
According to the newspaper, a lawsuit was brought against the State by a group largely made up of students and alumni from the schools and accuses Maryland of repeatedly failing to fulfill promises to help desegregate the institutions.
The Journal reported that the suit claims the State’s higher education commission devoted millions of dollars to “traditionally white institutions” and this alleged favorance has made it difficult for the black schools to recruit and retain the best students and faculty members.
“The state of Maryland has systematically failed to desegregate these four schools,” Jon Greenbaum, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, who are seeking in excess of $2 billion in funding for their schools, told the newspaper. “Elements that trace back to the 1930s and ’40s are still very a part of the state’s higher-education system.”
The Associated Press reported that opening statements begin on Tuesday in the bench trial that is expected to last six weeks.