Legislature approves Grambling as land-grant institution

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GRAMBLING, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Louisiana Legislature has passed a resolution approving Grambling State University for land-grant status. Senator Rick Gallot says this makes the university eligible for millions of federal dollars.

"It sticks with the original role, scope, and mission of Grambling State University," says Senator Rick Gallot, "which was founded by a number of black farmers from North Central Louisiana who were looking for the ability to educate young black children in North Louisiana."

Land-grant colleges and universities are institutions that have been approved to receive the benefits of the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890. The mission was to "teach agriculture, military tactics, and the mechanic arts" so that the working classes could obtain an education.

Next, the resolution will go to U.S. Congress for approval and then President Obama's desk for signing.

"We have spoken to Congressman Abraham who is fully supportive of our efforts," says Senator Gallot, "So we hand it off to our Congressmen now who will take the ball from here."

Gallot says there is no timeline for if or when Congress will approve Grambling's land-grant status.