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Mississippi State Representative Kelvin Buck, this week on The Empowerment Hour Online University

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This week on the Empowerment Hour Online University in it's mission to Empower people of color throughout the world we welcome to the program Mississippi State Representative Kelvin Buck will be with us Saturday. He is vice-chair of the Universities and Colleges Committee. The discussion will focus on the recent news that Gov. Haley Barbour has proposed to consolidate the three Black state universities (Mississippi Valley State U, Alcorn State U and Jackson State U) under one name and administration, i.e., Jackson State University. The Governor wants to do this due to the fact that the state faces a shortfall of more than 7 percent in its anticipated revenue. The governor has constitutional power to cutback all budgets by five (5) percent only. The half-billion-dollar Ayers Settlement of 2006 supposedly guaranteed Mississippi's Black universities parity with the white ones. Now, Barbour wants to scuttle that agreement with just a wave of his hand. Tune in to learn more and learn how to take action to prevent these historic institutions from losing their identities.