Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This University of Richmond Collegian article raises awareness for the work of the Minority Student Union (MSU) in sponsoring Black History Month events. These events, under the title “Unfinished Business: Fulfilling the Dream” include events…

This reports on an event called "Hands Around the Lake," which was part of Founder's Week and held in the Cannon Memorial Chapel. The event attracted a "moderate-sized crowd composed of students and faculty," with music, dancing, and speaking.…

This describes an upcoming performance by the Richmond Performing Gospel Choir. The performance was to be at a basketball game against American University, and the choir was to sing "The Negro National Anthem," written by James Weldon Johnson. The…

Photographed by J.W. Buck, this image from the 1897 edition of the yearbook The Spider depicts the cast of the theatrical production "Darkest Africa". A majority of the all-male white cast is in blackface.

This image, appearing on a page titled "The Glee Club" in the 1897 University of Richmond yearbook The Spider, shows a white european man playing the flute for a racist caricature of a person with monkey-like features, who covers his ears in…

This page covering Homecoming in The Web 1983 features a photo of the band Voltage Brothers in the bottom left. The photo's caption states, "the funk sound of the Voltage Brothers rocks the night away at the John Marshall."

This article discusses "the concert problem" in which the author believes that concert committee never had enough time to obtain a decent band at a reasonable price for homecoming. Though the students were given the opportunity to have a concert…

This letter was sent on November 1, 1971, from Wildman S. Kincheloe to E. Bruce Heilman, the President of the University of Richmond. Kincheloe wrote to Heilman after reading in the Richmond newspapers that the University’s Provost requested that…

This letter was sent on September 8, 1971, from Robert F. Smart, the Provost of the University of Richmond, to James V. Larkin, the Director of Bands. Smart wrote to Larkin regarding the issue of majorettes (female dancers), participation in the band…

This document is a letter from E. Bruce Heilman, the President of the University of Richmond, to James V. Larkin, the Director of Bands, that was sent on January 26. 1973. Heilman told Larkin that it was "good judgment on [his] part to substitute the…
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