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Prof. John Brittain in The Chronicle of Higher Education on HBCU Equality Lawsuit

Tuesday, February 7, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
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In a new Letter to the Editor published in The Chronicle of Higher Education Professor John Brittain argues there is persuasive evidence that Maryland preserves an unequal system of higher education through inadequate funding, institutional missions, educa­tional programs, and facilities at the four historically black institutions in Maryland - Morgan, Bowie, and Coppin State Universities, and the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Professor John Brittain serves as co-counsel in a lawsuit seeking $2.1 billion to remedy disparities between Maryland's historically Black colleges and universities and its traditionally White institutions.

John Brittain
The lawsuit, filed in October 2006 by a group of students and alumni of historically Black colleges known as the Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education Inc., contends that Maryland has operated a higher education system of "de jure segregation‚ÄĚ - racial segregation imposed by law - in funding for operations and program duplication that is in violation of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court and of Title VI of the U. S. Civil Rights Act of 1964. It also alleges that, even as Maryland negotiated with the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education to dismantle its segregated system, MHEC and other state education officials instituted policies and programs that further separated its Black and White schools.

Read the full Letter to the Editor by Prof. John Brittain (UDC-DCSL) and Prof. John Pierre (Southern University Law Center) in The Chronicle of Higher Education, "Maryland Lawsuit Is Hardly 'Unusual'"

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