Please, do it now! Here's the link to the petition: Petition to Increase Budget Appropriation to Lincoln University
By Gloria Dulan-Wilson
We are facing crucial crunches in this first quarter of the New Year. We have successfully elected a new governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, who many feel will definitely correct so many of the egregious wrongs perpetrated by the previous governor, Tom Corbett. But that may not be the case when it comes to Lincoln University, the first Black College in the United States - i.e. the first HBCU.
For far too long Lincoln suffered from the short end of the stick under Corbett, who had systematically reduced the funding for the college, causing severe budget crises and reduction of services to the students. And it was recently learned that the pain is likely to continue with Lincoln University and Cheyney State being relegated to insultingly paltry sums that shows no consideration for the humungous task these schools undertake in educating and credentialing some of the brightest and best among us.
Now, under Wolf, coming in on the heels of Corbett, an opportunity to correct that error is set for March 24 - yes -that's NEXT TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2015. Which means it's time to get busy NOW! Sign the petition, of course - circulate it to other alumni - but not just alumni - any registered voter in the State of Pennsylvania, or any member of Lincoln's Alumni can sign the petition - and it is in the highest and best interest of Lincoln as well as the State of Pennsylvania that Lincoln be made whole - and given the appropriate funding due for what they've accomplished in the past; the fact that they still continue to produce quality students despite the economic injustice perpetrated against them in the past; and can do even more to distinguish themselves as well as Pennsylvania, if given the increased resources they so richly deserve.
While Governor Wolf has a lot on his plate, this is definitely deserving of immediate attention - when one realizes that it's often, unfortunately a truism, that Black colleges are largely discriminated against via economic segregation - a not-so-benign-neglect from the higher ups who give them a "lick and a promise" and then push them to the back burner.
Lincoln was founded in 1854 and is the first among so many firsts in Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf should be extremely proud of the long and illustrious history of this great educational institution that gave the world Thurgood Marshall - First African American on the Supreme Court; Langston Hughes and Everett Hoagland - poetic and literary giants in their own right; Robert N. C. Nix - first African American congressman from Pennsylvania; two presidents of Africa - Kwame Nkrumah and Nnamde Azikewe; Horace Mann Bond - and was a favorite place to visit by Albert Einstein; and was so great that Albert C. Barnes left his entire art collection to the school!
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For 161 years Lincoln has met or exceeded expectations - nationally and internationally. From a small, humble college started by Presbyterian ministers who saw the necessity for a university to educate the growing number of freedmen in the Pennsylvania area, it has grown into one of the most prestigious Universities on the national and international scale, with a stellar faculty.
In the 21st Century, when Lincoln can do so much more, this is the time to make sure they have the funds and support they need. In addition to the petition below, please contact your Pennsylvania State Representatives, and urge them to support you in this effort.
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION - MAKE YOUR VOICES AND WISHES HEARD
THE LINK TO THE PETITION IS BELOW:
On Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 12:40 PM, Robert Ingram <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
March 20, 2015
Dear Alumni and Friends of Lincoln University,
Robert IngramWe are nearing the midnight hour of the hearing on the appropriation for Lincoln University and the three other state-related universities. The Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee hearing is scheduled on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at 9:30 am in Harrisburg.We need to speak with one voice for Lincoln University and urge you to sign the "Petition to the Pennsylvania House, the Pennsylvania Senate and Pennsylvania Governor to Increase the Appropriation to Lincoln University," which is currently proposed at 7%, to the same level as proposed increases for the three other state-related institutions which is 21.9% for Penn State, 10.9% for the University of Pittsburgh and 11.0% for Temple University.Our goal is 2,000 signatures and we will personally deliver the petition and your supporting comments to members of the Appropriation Committees and Governor Wolf.Please, do it now! Here's the link to the petition: Petition to Increase Budget Appropriation to Lincoln UniversityThank you for standing up for dear Lincoln University!In service,Robert Ingram '76PresidentAlumni Association of Lincoln University
I really need your help! The PA House Appropriations Committee budget hearing with the four state-related universities (Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln University) is scheduled on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. I created a petition and intend to deliver it to every member of the committee requesting that the appropriation for Lincoln University be increased to eliminate the funding disparity in the Governor's proposed budget and assure that students at Lincoln University have the same opportunities for success as students at Penn State, Pitt and Temple universities, all of which are slated to receive higher increases than Lincoln University. In just two days over 300 alumni have signed the petition but I think there should be at least 1,000 signatures. Here’s the link to the petition with more information:Please, do it now! Here's the link to the petition: Petition to Increase Budget Appropriation to Lincoln University
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