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Morgan State University and Newspaper Firm Forming New Polling Enterprise

Historically Black Morgan State University in Baltimore and AFRO-American Newspapers have announced a new collaborative effort to conduct a series of polls that will gauge the opinions of African Americans across the state of Maryland.

“This is a unique time in our country’s history, and to make sense of some of the things that are transpiring requires a unique understanding, as we strive to give a voice to those who may not feel their issues are adequately being addressed or highlighted. With this partnership, we believe that we can assist in bridging some of the gaps,” said David Wilson, president of Morgan State University. “In the city of Baltimore, no two voices resonate louder within the Black community than those of Morgan and the AFRO, and through this research, we want to use our voices to help others know what the important issues are to African Americans throughout the state and nationally.”

The first poll will focus on the race for the next governor of Maryland. Georgia, Florida, and Maryland are the only states where an African-American candidate is on the ballot for governor. Future polls conducted by the newspaper group and Morgan State plan to address issues important to African-Americans such as economics, buying power, quality of life, mortality, and law enforcement. In the upcoming years, the partners plan to take their research nationwide.


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