Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Maryland’s HBCUs Put on Hold So That Settlement Talks Can Be Held

A lawsuit filed on behalf of four historically black colleges and universities in Maryland has been put on hold for at least six months as the parties work to achieve a settlement in the case. The suit charges that the state of Maryland has not lived up to its agreement to end racial segregation in its higher education system.

All of the historically black universities have student bodies that are at least 80 percent black. At the flagship campus of the University of Maryland, only 12 percent of the student body is black. African Americans make up nearly 30 percent of the Maryland population.