Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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In a description of the Richmond social scene, the article says "As the capital of the old confederacy, Richmond has a richness of heritage... The legacy of the War Between the States is an intrinsic part of Richmond. It is manifested in the southern…

This letter written on January 27, 1981 is one of a series of letters from Leon H. Sullivan to President Heilman. Sullivan asks for Heilman's reply to a previous letter requesting that Heilman use his influence to convince companies associated with…

This letter written on January 26, 1981 is one of a series of letters from Leon H. Sullivan to President Heilman. Sullivan urges Heilman to use his influence to convince companies associated with the University to sign the Sullivan Principles in…

The first in a series of editorials analyzing the President’s Committee (PC) report to Study Campus Relationships. The PC decided that intellectual stagnation on campus is due to "a homogeneous student body, faculty irresponsibility and an…

The University of Richmond’s foreign language department hosted a Latin American Awareness Week during the spring of 1987. It included a host of different “speakers, films, a roundtable discussion and a party at the language apartments… the…

This article addresses the University of Richmond's investments in South Africa during apartheid. It explains how different governments are divesting in South African companies following the Sullivan Principles, a set of guidelines a company must…

This article from the Collegian in 1983 gives the personal and professional background of the first full-time black professor, Lorenzo Simpson, who was hired in 1976 and taught in the philosophy department. He was granted tenure by the University in…

CIGNA scholarships at the University of Richmond were granted to qualified black high school students and would provide up to $5,000 for each of their four years at the University. This program funded by the CIGNA Corporation of Philadelphia began in…

This photo from The Web 1986 features the 1984-1985 CIGNA scholars: Frasier Brickhouse, William Bruce, Jr., Nadine Marsh, Sonya Marsh, Vincent Mathis, Julie McClelland, Howard Moore III, Stephanie Poindexter, Sheila Robinson, Beverly Stallings, Erika…

This page in The Web 1983 features the first black fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma, at the University of Richmond. According to the Collegian article "Phi Beta Sigma Colonizes New Fraternity at Richmond," the creed of the fraternity is "we give another…
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