Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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In this oral history interview, Beth Marschak (W'72) sat down with Jisu Song ('22) and Shira Greer ('22) on June 17, 2019 at University of Richmond Downtown. Over the course of the one hour interview, Marschak talks about growing up in the city of…

University of Richmond President, Richard Morrill, orders the Commission on Diversity to address the multiple incidents’ of minority students experiencing racism on campus. All aspects of racism will be reviewed by the commission including the…

The narrator of this poem expresses his identity as part of a "colossal being" of black people, preferring the collective 'we' to the singular 'I.' He explores slavery as "the torture that was endured for years and still / Silently exists today"…

This cartoon shows a white ventriloquist agreeing to his sentiment of, "We were all mighty happy until we were interfered with... Weren't we?" with a blackface-wearing ventriloquist's dummy. This refers to forced integration that occurred in public…

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 article was written to highlight the words and writing of Angela Davis. She spent her career focusing on the stereotypes of black men and the oppression of black women, especially during suffrage movements. She debunked the "myth" of the black…

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…

The bottom photograph features the members of the Student Organization for Black Awareness (SOBA), the first black student organization at the university. The University of Richmond enrolled its first black residential student, Barry Greene, onto the…

The top photograph features what appears to be a law enforcement officer with two black men standing behind him, one is holding a video camera. Considering the placement of this photograph with the bottom image, the scene might be a rally or protest.…

This is a picture of Dick Gregory, a black comedian, author, actor, activist, and civil rights leader, who came to speak on campus in December 1970 as part of a lecture series. His speech was attended by a crowd of about 800, mainly consisting of…
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