Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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In this advertisement for the Messenger, a reference is made to the lack of interest in the magazine for the "past few years." The editor, Abdullah Mina, hopes that the next issue will be submitted to and enjoyed by more students than usual.

This is an advertisement in the Messenger published in 1925 for a record store called "The Perfect Record Store". This ad features a drawing of a black man in a suit and sideways hat, sitting on a stump. The advertisement also appeared in the the…

The Fall 1991 issue of the Messenger prompted University officials to withdraw the magazine from the admissions office and no longer send it to alumni. A memo from Gerald Quigg, vice president of University relations, claimed that crude language used…

This article details the rise in application numbers. The writer relates this to the increasing number of minority students applying, which Dean of Admissions Thomas Pollard, Jr., claims will increase after a new recruitment film is released. This…

This article reports that Donald Wilson, editor-in-chief of the Messenger, was removed from his position by the Board of Publications due to "breach of contract in several particulars." There had been "continued strained relations" between Wilson and…

After the Richmond College senate accepted financial responsibility for the return of the Richmond Messenger, a Collegian reporter interviewed professors and students interested in writing on their feelings for the publication. While many professors…

This 1991 article by Collegian editor Kevin Kendall recounts the experiences of four LGB students (whose names were changed in the article “due to the sensitive nature of this story”) at the University of Richmond coming out to their parents. It…

This 2005 article introduces Students for Academic Freedom, a nationwide coalition of student groups claiming that colleges have a liberal political bias, and further fighting for an Academic Bill of Rights to protect students and professors from…

In this article, Jay Feldman recounts his experience at the 1969 March on Washington for peace in Vietnam. He tells of meeting fellow youth activists Howard Force, Mark Rosenberg, Andy Bookbinder, and an unnamed “Wisconsin janitor.” The march,…

In 1991, the University of Richmond began an “experiment” to observe whether replacing “the required Western Civilization course with a more multicultural course” (titled “Interdisciplinary Core Course: Exploring Human Experience”) would…
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