Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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The image in the top left of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon photo collage shows fraternity members dressed as Ku Klux Klan members standing around a black man with his neck in a noose at the fraternity lodge. The photo of fraternity members in the top right…

This page from The Web 1980 documents an "Iranian demonstration on the Richmond College Campus" to protest the Iran hostage crisis. According to the caption, this on-campus demonstration reflected the "rebellious spirit of the late '60s" as students…

This page from The Web 1980 features remarks from Dr. James Erb, a professor of music and director of the University Choir and Schola Cantorum, in the section "Looking Back: 150 Years at the University of Richmond." Dr. Erb states that University of…

Lilia L. Anderhub—pictured in the third column, second row—was from Mexico City and graduated with a B.S. in biology in 1979.

Lanre T.A. Lambo--pictured in the second column, first row--was from Nigeria and graduated with a degree in Economics in 1979. Julie K. Li—pictured in the second column, fourth row—was from Hong Kong and graduated with a B.S. in chemistry in…

Beginning in the 1950s, an annual "panty raid" tradition took place on campus when Richmond College students would cross over the bridge to the Westhampton side of campus. Westhampton women would throw panties to the men from their dorm windows. In…

A photo in the 1978 yearbook shows a banner for the Women Lifestyle Committee's annual "Lifestyles Conference," which was held from January 27-29 in the winter of 1978. The theme of 1978 was "Partners in Humanity." The Women's Lifestyle Committee was…

In the bottom left photo on the first page, a woman can be seen in blackface on the 1978 Phi Delta Theta yearbook spread.

The bottom photograph features members of the International Relations Club. This student organization was formed to help international students become accustomed to the University and the unique challenges they faced.

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…
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