Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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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 photo collage in The Web 1954 displays various facets of student life. The image in the second column, second row depicts black women serving food to students in what is presumably a dining hall. The University frequently employed black staff…

This photo collage in The Web 1952 displays various facets of student life. The image in the bottom right corner shows a black man cutting the hair of a student in what appears to be a barbershop. The University frequently employed black staff and…

In a Theta Chi photo collage on the second page of their spread, a black man, most likely a university employee, can be seen on the right-most middle photo. The photo is captioned "Jackson Day Dinner." At the time, there were no black students…

In the photo collage in the bottom half of the page, there is a picture of a black facilities worker holding a sweeper. The photograph is captioned "Robert, the sidewalk Judge." It is notable that this black staff member is named as many other black…

This collage features a photo of Dick Gregory in the top middle. Dick Gregory, a black comedian, author, actor, activist, and civil rights leader, came to speak on campus a second time as part of a lecture series in 1973. His speech in 1970 received…

This August 19, 1968, letter is from James A. Moncure, the Dean of University College, the downtown division of the University of Richmond. The letter is addressed to Dr. George M. Modlin, then President of the University of Richmond. Moncure writes…
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