Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This tribute to Esau "Eas" Brooks, an African American athletic trainer at Richmond, was featured in the 1957 Alumni Bulletin. Predeceased by his wife, Willie, Esau Brooks had passed away at the age of 62 in a house fire on Ridge Road. Ridge Road ran…

This letter to the editor, written by University of Richmond student Peter R. Neal, was published in The Collegian on November 21, 1958. Neal wrote that on November 7, two weeks earlier, a black basketball player was permitted in the dining hall, the…

This article talks about Marydee Lowe, a junior of Westhampton College from Tsingtau, China, and how she was honored by the Athletic Association of Westhampton for her many achievements in sports. She was awarded with her blazer for making her…

This article -- published on February 21, 1980, in The Collegian -- is a feature in which the University of Richmond's Intrafraternity Council (IFC) held a meeting to vote on the addition of the campus's first black fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma.…

This article -- published on September 11, 1980, in The Collegian -- describes the potential addition of University of Richmond's first black fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma. In the article, it mentions Richmond senior, James Reed, who would serve…

The article "Blacks Offer Much To Spider Athletics" describes the athletic accomplishments of the black student athletes. The article mentions Weldon Edwards, the first black football player, and Norman Williams and Jerome Napier, who were on the…

The article “Spider Coaches Sign Prep Stars,” published May 22nd, 1970, is about the basketball recruits for the year. Carlton Mack, Richmond’s first black basketball player was one of these recruits. The article describes his height, and…

The Collegian article, "Distinction Between Blacks and Athletes" published on March 4th, 1976, describes a problem black athletes faced where they were seen as athletes first instead of as students. Mike Morton was a black star basketball player who…

This article published December 7th, 1978 called “Recruiting Trouble Cited By Students” discusses the frustration of black students at University of Richmond in regards to the imbalance between the number of black men versus black women enrolled.…

“Minorities Studied” is a Collegian article from November 21st, 1985, that expressed a need from faculty and black students for the University of Richmond to recruit a more diverse population of students. The article introduces a…
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