Black lawmakers promise SC State will not close at rally

Black lawmakers promise SC State will not close at rally

By JEFFREY COLLINS

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Black lawmakers told a hastily-assembled Statehouse rally to save South Carolina State University that they will make sure the school does not close.

Several hundred people showed up on a cold Monday for the gathering, sponsored by the South Carolina NAACP.

SC State graduate the Rev. Joe Darby told the crowd rallying was great, but they need to work to show more support for the university. He says South Carolina's only historically black public college has always got a raw deal from state government.

Last week, a House panel passed a proposal to temporarily close SC State for a massive overhaul, then reopen it in 2017. The proposal moves to its next committee on Tuesday.

The proposal likely won't get much further. Senators have shown little support for the idea.

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