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The era of desegregation in the 1960s altered the role African-Americans had traditionally played at A&M since its inception. The "Invisible Era," which was synonymous with the employment of day laborers, was replaced by growing opportunities, as federal laws, particularly the Civil Rights (1964) and Equal Employment Opportunity (1965) Acts, were enforced.

For the first two decades the hiring of African-American faculty and professional staff at A&M was slow, almost glacial. The 1980s and 1990s saw the most dramatic efforts made towards achieving a more diverse faculty and professional staff. Though the number of African-American administrators, faculty and professional staff at A&M remains small, progress continues to be made.

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