Although conflict continued in the ten years following the 1969 demands made by black students, some improvements were made at East Carolina. The Student Government Association established the Office of Minority Affairs and black faculty members were hired. Courses were added to the curriculum in art, English, history, political science, geography, and anthropology to better meet the needs of integrated education. Black fraternities and sororities were established and black students founded their own newspaper, The Ebony Herald.
Beginning with a single enrollee in 1962, nearly 130 African American students were registered by 1969. A decade later, in 1980, 1,329 African American students comprised 10.1% of the total student body, which numbered 13,264.