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UPDATE: Jesse Jackson invited to visit Grambling

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GRAMBLING, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue invited Jesse Jackson to visit campus on Jackson's radio show.

GSU says the invite comes as "part of a period of healing and moving forward" after the recent controversy. 

"I want to do whatever I can to help Grambling at this time," said Jessie Jackson, "It's important that people everywhere know that what this proud institution faces is much bigger than football and much bigger than any one person because it is indicative of what's happening at our HBCUs everywhere."

President Pogue says, "The truth is that Rev. Jackson and I have been talking for weeks, well before the recent series of events."

Pogue said he and Jackson started working on a "Grambling State University Day" before the recent controversy erupted, and is grateful that Jackson has plans to visit GSU.

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GRAMBLING, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Grambling State University President will be featured on "Keep Hope Alive with Rev. Jesse Jackson."

Sunday morning, President Frank Pogue will join Jesse Jackson for what GSU calls "a frank, honest and open conversation" about recent events at the university. Pogue is expected to discuss his funding at his university and other historically black colleges and universities.

"Grambling State has never been equally funded in the state of Louisiana, and the same can be said for other public HBCUs in other states," says Pogue, "Our state officials must realize that as they continue to decrease state support, they're not decreasing the support of our administrations, buildings and operations but decreasing the opportunities for our young people to succeed."

Also to be on the show: Jordan Harvey, president of the GSU Student Government Association; Lezli Baskerville, attorney and president of NAFEO/National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education; Barbara Arnwine, attorney and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Janice Mathis, attorney for Rainbow/PUSH and Robert Borosage, attorney and founder of the Institute for America's Future.

The show airs from 7 a.m.-9 a.m. Sunday.

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