(BALTIMORE – February 13, 2016) – I was blessed with an opportunity today to cover Maryland’s third black lieutenant governor, Boyd Rutherford, as he enjoyed the President’s Box at Coppin State University’s Physical Education Complex on Gwynns Falls Parkway.
Ahh, yes. The days of Coppin looking just a tad better than Frederick Douglass High School across the street from it are long gone. Today, our beloved school looks very much official.
Now, this is the part where I’m reminded that it took a Republican governor, Bob Ehrlich, to make this happen in a 9-to-1 Democratic town. After decades of utter neglect, Coppin finally has gotten its due: about $100 million.
Coppin President Dr. Maria Thompson is at the helm now as Coppin continues to evolve into the wonderful West Baltimore institution we know it can be.
I want to personally encourage Coppin alumni to stay or get involved. It is crucial. Otherwise, we don’t know what is happening. It is up to us alumni to continue to take an interest in the school. It is our duty. Sure, we all have other things to do. However, the future of Historically Black Colleges and Universities isn’t pretty, especially if those of us who benefitted from them do not return to give of our time, gifts, and talents.
There have been talks of Coppin merging with the University of Baltimore. I have heard this many times. Whether or not it is true, I do not know. What I do know is that alumni must be at the table.
Coppin has always had the distinct mission of educating some of the best professionals in this city, state, and nation. Hence, alumni are sorely needed. Just call up the school and ask for Marcia Cephus. Alumni support is very welcome.