Students protest university merger, march on state capitol

By Marsha Thompson - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A large group of students from predominately black institutions marched on the Capitol Monday in protest of university consolidation.

Some 200 students and supporters against the proposed merger gathered at the Mississippi Fairgrounds.

Alumni, students and other concerned constituents carried signs and marched in protest. The protest was likely to continue Monday night when the governor made his State of the State address.

The President of the state NAACP, Derrick Johnson, told the cheering crowd they should fill the House of Representatives gallery Monday night as the governor made his state of the state address to Mississippi

"And we will fill up that gallery. We will point down to him and say you will not take our universities; you will fully fund our universities, and if you don't fully fund we will shut this state down," said Johnson.

The march and rally was in protest to Governor Haley Barbour's proposal to merge Mississippi Valley State University and Alcorn State University with Jackson State University.

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