Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This article from the Collegian in 1984 summarizes lectures given by four women historians in a symposium on "Women in Southern Society" as part of the Douglas Southall Freeman lecture series at the University of Richmond. Speaker Catherine Clinton…

This Collegian article summarizes the main points of Dick Gregory's lecture on campus in 1970. Dick Gregory was a black comedian, author, actor, activist, and civil rights leader. His speech was attended by a crowd of about 800, mainly consisting of…

This article from the Collegian in 1989 features quotes from University of Richmond students who attended the pro-choice rally organized by the National Organization for Women (NOW) in Washington, D.C. on April 9, 1989 in support of the 1973 Roe v.…

This letter written on March 24, 1972 is a report from Dean Austin E. Grigg to President Heilman about the Southern Regional Educational Board Conference on Minority Students at Historically White Campuses that he attended on March 23-24, 1972. He…

This Collegian article is a theater review of the production Conquest of My Brother presented by the University Players in November 1975. The reviewer Heath Haworth asserts the play is more of a “didactic, preachy documentary” rather than…

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 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…

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…

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 collage features a photo of Dick Gregory in the top middle. Dick Gregory, a black comedian, author, actor, activist, and civil rights leader, came to speak on campus a second time as part of a lecture series in 1973. His speech in 1970 received…
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