James Stubbs from Alcorn State feels,"It was a long time coming, and that comes back to continue to fight, fight, fight, fight, until you aceive some result. Yes, 26 years is a long time but if we had thrown our hands up a long time ago, Where would we be today."
Now graduates of Mississippi's Historicaly black Universities, say with the millions of dollars maybe 26 years down the road, all universities will be equal.
"The settlement will be utilized to attract additional students, provide better facilites, and to bring the physical plant of the universities back in line with the rest of the University systems.
Former Biloxi City Councilman and Jackson State Graduate doesnt' beleive the improvments will come instantly.
He says, "The terms of the agreement will be implemented over many years, so students enrolled now won't see the payoff. Still they too are happy a settlement has come."
But even with 500 million dollars for black universities, the agreement didn't accomplish everything the plaintiff's wanted.
Issac Byrd who represented the plainiff's feels that this is a settlement, and in a settlement you don't get everything you want.
He adds, "There are some things we diddn't get and something we aren't happy about, but you can't do anything about it."
Still, Bill Stallworth says Jake Ayers fought when no one else would... and this is his legacy.
Stallworth the best way to truley honor Ayers is by a poem he learned while he was a student at Jackson State, " It was something that anybody could do, somebody should've done but nobody was doing, Well he did it, I think that made all the difference in the world."