the fall of 1964, the first African-Americans entered
the Corps of Cadets, which was then compulsory for incoming
freshmen and sophomores. None of the original five stayed
beyond the obligatory two years, but in the ensuing
years many African-Americans voluntarily joined the
Corps and completed the entire four years; some were
commissioned into the armed forces.
the early years in the Corps were difficult for African-Americans,
they persevered. Many have held administrative positions
within the Corps, including the Corps Staff, commanding
officers (CO), and distinguished rank in the elite units
like the Ross Volunteers (RV).