Morning Briefing – March 19, 2021


‘A new beginning’: 15-year legal journey to boost Maryland’s historically Black universities enters final stage

The Maryland General Assembly gave overwhelming approval to legislation that will require the state to spend $577 million in extra funding for the universities over the course of a decade, enabling the long-running lawsuit to be settled. The aim is to begin a course correction after years of under-funding and government decisions left the schools at a disadvantage compared to predominantly white universities.

The bills will soon head to the desk of Gov. Larry Hogan for his consideration. He vetoed nearly identical bills last year, citing uncertain finances due to the pandemic made it a bad idea to spend so much money. (Baltimore Sun)

Black College Football HOF announces creation of HBCU Legacy Bowl

The Black College Football Hall of Fame has created a new bowl game called the HBCU Legacy Bowl, a postseason all-star game that will showcase the best NFL draft-eligible football players from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Approximately 100 of the top HBCU players will be invited to participate in the game that will take place at Yulman Stadium at Tulane University on the Saturday after Super Bowl LVI. It will be broadcast on NFL Network. (The Athletic)

Former Bethune-Cookman president delivers statement to campus community

In a post to Facebook, former BCU President LaBrent Chrite shares details on his departure and the state of the institution.

Norfolk State, Texas Southern make NCAA men’s basketball tournament history

Thursday marked the first time that two historically Black programs won opening rounds games in March Madness. Read the recaps for NSU and TSU, respectively. (HBCU Gameday)