When Cornell Fell into... The Gap


There would not be another African American student to attend Cornell for almost the next 40 years. There has been some speculation as to why this might have happened. Could the school have denied African Americans on purpose or did none apply to the school for so many years? Was this a national trend or a problem exclusive to Cornell College? A 1944 student pole voiced a curiosity about the lack of ethnicity on campus. When asked, there were students who felt that blacks should attend the school but live in there own dorms. Some thought that a fully integrated school would be a good experience, while others felt that blacks would find that the small Cornell atmosphere just wasn’t for them.


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