Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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Unlike John Johnson and Esau Brooks who were documented, praised, and recognized throughout University’s history, there are many staff members who remain unnamed and silenced. Through photographs, yearbook illustrations, short stories and articles, the service of many African- American staff members is marginalized and restricted to subservient roles. Many of these documents generalize or use racial stereotypes to describe staff members, rather than highlighting individuals for their contribution to the University. In looking at these unnamed faces and silenced voices, we see how racism works in complex ways, both implicitly and explicitly. 

 

Unnamed Staff