Few and Far Between

As early as 1880s New York University admitted black students, which was a rare instance for universities. NYU was among a few universities in New York admitting black students. Although the exact count of minority students is unknown, it is documented that at least four black women, who were veteran teachers in the NYC black schools, earned graduate degrees at NYU's School of Pedagogy.

Despite minimal exceptions, such as the four NYC school teachers, many black students weren't allowed to access course and housing registration and athletes were being forced to sit out of athletic events. The lack of access to NYU's services created an environment where very few black students attended the university. As time progressed more black students were being admitted into NYU and the need for a more inclusive University culture was in demand.