The purpose of the Black Movement Council is to unite, empower, and educate Black Students on the campus of Old Dominion University.
During the 2012-2013 academic year, the Office of Intercultural Relations (OIR), the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Sister 4 Sister and Brother 2 Brother committees hosted the Sankofa Reception and the Unity Dinner. These events were opportunities that brought together our Black faculty, administrators, student leaders, and students for a time of engagement and self-reflection. The success of these events validated the fact that there are individuals within ODU who wish to build a community that promotes unity among and supports the success of our Black students. Additionally, there are students on this campus who wish to move beyond the status quo and effect positive change. Thus, a strong and committed group of individuals came together to form what became the Black Movement Council.
African-American Student Demographics
The African-American student population the largest minority group at Old Dominion University with a total of 5,726 students identifying as African-American in the fall of 2013. This number puts African-American students at roughly 23 percent of the total Old Dominion University population. Old Dominion University has the highest percentage of African-American students among the non-Historically Black colleges and universities in the state. The Black Movement Council is therefore an important mechanism for uniting and empowering the largest minority student population at Old Dominion University.