1960-1969

Alpha Epsilon Pi

Alpha Epsilon Pi Group Photo, October 1960. Source: ODU Photographic Collection, RG 32, Special Collections and University Archives.

October 1960: Alpha Epsilon Pi, the Jewish fraternity, is organized at Old Dominion

Hillel Club Group Photo

Hillel Club Group Photo, circa 1963-1969. Source: ODU Photographic Collection, RG 32, Special Collections and University Archives.

July 1962: The Norfolk Division breaks away from William & Mary and becomes Old Dominion College

1963: Hillel, the Jewish student center, is established at Old Dominion

First Students to be Awarded Masters Degrees

Students lining up to receive the first Masters degrees offered by Old Dominion in June 1966. Margaret Simmons is second from right. Source: ODU Photographic Collection, RG 32, Special Collections and University Archives.

1964: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is passed. As a result, Old Dominion welcomes Margaret Simmons in the fall of 1964, who would eventually become the first African American to receive a degree from Old Dominion, a Master of Education in 1966

Buttons Speakes

Arthur "Buttons" Speakes at the plate, circa 1969. Source: ODU Photographic Collection, RG 32, Special Collections and University Archives.

1965: Arthur "Buttons" Speakes becomes the first African American to be recruited by and receive a scholarship from a predominately white college in Virginia. While a student at Old Dominion from 1965-1969, Speakes excelled at both basketball and baseball

A.B. Jackson

Alexander Brooks “A.B.” Jackson, circa 1980-1989. Source: ODU Photographic Collection, RG 32, Special Collections and University Archives.

1967: Alexander Brooks "A.B." Jackson, a professor in the Art Department, becomes the first full-time African American faculty member

More about the hiring of A.B. Jackson can be found in the oral history of Charles O. Burgess, a professor in the English Department and later Vice President and Provost for Academic Affairs.

Black Culture Club

The Black Culture Club in front of Webb Center, circa 1968-1969. Source: ODU Photographic Collection, RG 32, Special Collections and University Archives.

1968: The Black Culture Club forms during the 1968-1969 academic year

1968: Bill Forbes becomes the first African American to win a bid from a campus fraternity

Fall 1968: The student population during the 1968-1969 academic year is approximately 63% male and 37% female

Ronald Lamont Horne Speaking at 1969 Baccalaureate Services

Ronald Horne Speaking at 1969 Baccalaureate Services. Source: ODU Photographic Collection, RG 32, Special Collections and University Archives.

1969: During the 1969-1970 academic year, the first Military Science program is offered at Old Dominion

June 1969: Ronald Horne becomes the first African American to earn a Bachelor’s degree. Horne, who was a student at Old Dominion from 1965-1969, also served as the first African American Student Body President from 1968-1969

September 1969: Old Dominion College becomes Old Dominion University