Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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Members of Kappa Alpha pose in front of the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia for their 1979 yearbook picture.

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…

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

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 multi-page story called "A Day in the Life" by an unnamed author in the 1979 yearbook depicts a version of daily life for students at UR. Written from a man's point of view, the story's language is embedded with misogyny and elements of rape…

In Phi Kappa Sigma's paragraph in the 1979 yearbook, they joke that is has been a hard year for the fraternity, because amongst other things, such as "the recent shortage of recreational drugs in the Richmond area" and the "the crash of the…

In story called "Sometimes Living Next to a Creep Wouldn't Seem So Bad" in the 1979 yearbook, an unnamed author writes describes commuting student life. The story is embedded with heteronormative gender roles, sexism, and elements of rape culture.…

In an article describing the university campus, the Web states, "Safely tucked away amid the stately brick houses and rolling lawns of the Country Club, our 350 acre campus creates a sanctuary from the evil world around us. We are insulated from the…
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