Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This announcement written in 1967 describes a "slave auction" of the Westhampton College freshmen that will take place on Saturday, March 4 in Keller Hall. The announcement provides no detail of what the auction is for, nor why it is described as a…

This 1939 announcement is for a Westhampton College production of "Gone With the Wind" that will be performed by WC seniors. The announcement details the women that will be playing each role, as well as the extravagance of the stage with a "black…

This article in The Collegian analyzes a lecture given by a Dr. A. T. Harris, a Black professor at Virginia State University. The article focuses on part of Harris's speech, in which Harris suggested that Black students "would not feel the need for…

The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) created new committees in order to address issues regarding student life. There were four committees created: Discussion groups, Educational, Religious programs, and Social relations. The discussion groups…

This Collegian article discusses the recent Richmond College demonstration against the Senate's Dixie Resolution which petitioned to restrict the playing of the song Dixie by the university band. According to two freshmen, Ralph Munroe and Thomas…

This article, written in 1943, details the festivities of Westhampton College's May Day, which is run by the sophomore women. The college gym will be decorated as an old Southern Plantation. In order to add to the atmosphere of the theme, "twelve…

The Anglo-Saxon Club of America was founded in Richmond, VA by John Powell and Ernest Sevier Cox, both of whom were white supremacists. The purpose of the Anglo-Saxon club was to preserve Anglo-Saxon civilization in the United States and to…

This article published on October 19, 1989, in The Collegian, discusses the possible addition of black sororities to the University of Richmond -- Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, and Zeta Phi Beta. According to the article, the…

As efforts to bring historically white sororities to campus surfaced, students approached administrators with questions about Historically Black Sororities. Patricia Harwood, Dean of Westhampton College, discouraged these students citing that…

This article -- published on October 23, 1980, in The Collegian -- describes the discontent that black students had toward the way students, faculty, and even parents treated them at the University of Richmond. Students who were interviewed described…
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