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The Attempted Closure of Mississippi's HBCU's Continued, this week on The Empowerment Hour Online Un

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This week on the Empowerment Hour Kermit Eady and Earnest Mcbride, welcome Dr. Vernon Archer. Dr. Archer is currently working at University of Florida at Gainesville, but he was president of Jackson State University's Faculty Senate when Dr. Ronald Mason arrived in 1999. We will be discussing Dr. Archer's early experience with Dr. Mason, and the hints at closing down the state's black schools very early in his tenure there. A Brief Overview 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 because 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. Let’s continue the discussion this week on The Empowerment Hour

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