Albany leaders set to tackle HBCU bill concerns at upcoming forum

HBCU Bill Controversy Follow-up

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany leaders and alumni from three of Georgia’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCU), are still fired up over a controversial bill, and they’re holding another forum Tuesday.

Georgia Senator Freddie Powell Sims is encouraging people to stay vigilant in their fight for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. (Source: WALB)
Georgia Senator Freddie Powell Sims is encouraging people to stay vigilant in their fight for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. (Source: WALB)

Alumni from Albany State University, Fort Valley State University, and Savannah State University want to provide a wake up call to residents about the severity of Senate Bill 278, if it were to pass in a future session.

Moderators will dissect the bill that could take the schools out of the University System of Georgia and create a new system of its own.

“We was glad this year that it did not make it to the full senate to be voted on. But for future ideas and for the future years to come, we just want to make sure that those alumni from Albany State University, Savannah State, be aware of what’s going on,” said Jon Howard, City of Albany commissioner of Ward 1.

Albany State's president speaking out after the controversial Senate Bill 278 was announced. (Source: WALB)
Albany State's president speaking out after the controversial Senate Bill 278 was announced. (Source: WALB)

Howard said he hopes people will come to the forum with a voice and ideas while being informed.

The forum will take place at the James C. Reese Student Union Building at Albany State’s East campus, on Tuesday, May 14 at 6 p.m.

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