Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This photo from The Web 1985 shows members of Phi Gamma Delta posing in front of the Bill "Bojangles" Robinson statue in the Jackson Ward neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia. Bill Robinson was a famous tap dancer and actor and a native of Richmond. He…

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."

On the second page of this spread, a black man performs on stage at the SGA (Student Government Association) Fall Concert in front of a seemingly all-white crowd. The caption reads: "Flaming Cynthia Wornom moves to the sound of the Showmen at the SGA…

The photograph on the top right published in The Web 1967 portrays four black female singers and three black band members behind them performing for a group of students. It was common practice for the University to invite black entertainers to…

Under the caption "entertainment...provides physical and mental relaxation" is a photograph that features a black man playing bass behind a white man playing the piano. It was common practice for the University to invite black entertainers to perform…

At the bottom left corner of the page is a photograph of an unnamed black entertainer with a guitar presumably performing at a Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity event. It was common practice for the University to invite black entertainers to perform for…

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…

The Student Organization for Black Awareness (SOBA) organized Black History Week, with the theme "Shades of Unseen Beauty," for February 3rd to February 10th, 1978. The week started, on Sunday at three o'clock, with "a march from the front of campus…

This picture shows a band of African American men performing at some university event. It was common for the university to invite African American bands to "entertain" faculty and students. Four black men can be seen performing at the front while a…

This article states that Dr. Solon B. Cousins, who was a professor of Bible, pastor of the Second Baptist Church was the speaker at the Ministerial Association meeting last night. Dr. Cousins was head of the University of Richmond Religion…
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