Throwback Thursday! In honor of Black History Month (we still got 1 more hour!) this week’s edition of Old Nassau features some photos and other fun documentation giving us a glimpse into the history of African Americans at Princeton University in the 1960s, the era of racial integration at Princeton.
“The addition of more American Negroes and other underprivileged groups to the campus would contribute to the diversity of the student body and enrich the residential experience of all. Secondly, at this particular point in American history it behooves all educational institutions to do what they can toward upgrading the status of the Negro in our free society. Princeton has an opportunity and responsibility in this regard.”
African American students organize a day of commemoration for MLK’s assassination- April 1968
Dr. Carl A. Fields is appointed Assistant Dean, making him the first African American dean of an Ivy League university- June 1968
Press Release from the Department of Public Information, Princeton Admissions – April 1968
“More than half of all black students who have attended Princeton in its 221-year history are on campus now.”
Minority Admissions; 1968-1999; Carl A. Fields Papers, Box 15; Princeton University Archives, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.