State Sens. Seth Harp and Emanuel Jones are backing a resolution recognizing the importance of the historically black schools. The resolution introduced Thursday also calls for a panel to investigate consolidating colleges in the state.
Harp, a Republican from Midland, has said the state should look at merging the schools in Savannah and Albany to save money in tough budget times. Harp says the schools are a vestige of the state's Jim Crow laws.
Jones has argued the schools have a rich heritage and educate those who otherwise might not attend college.