JACKSON, Miss— Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, and Alcorn University united together on the steps of the capitol Wednesday with one goal: join forces in the fight for funding.
The state’s three historic black colleges are coming together for an initiative that calls for funding equal to that of the other state colleges.
“For many years,” says Representative Chuck Espy, “we’ve seen our black institutions under attack to destroy their funding mechanisms.”
Representative Espy was joined at the HBU Unity Day press conference by Representative Greggory Holloway; John Johnson of Mississippi Valley State; James Stubbs of Alcorn State University; Floyd Williams of Jackson State University and President of the Black Caucus Kenny Wayne Jones.
“We encourage our legislature to look at the economic impact that these schools bring to the state of Mississippi,” says Williams. Williams also named several funding needs of each of the universities:
Here’s the full press conference: