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."

This spread in The Web 1983 highlights Circle K and other Greek organizations such as Sigma Phi Epsilon and Phi Delta Theta that helped sponsor the Annual Superkids Day to raise money for the Virginia Lung Association. This event gave asthmatic…

The accounting department photograph in The Web 1980 features Raymond Slaughter, who is presumably the first black professor in the Robin's School of Business. He was granted tenure in 1986. According to the

The first full-time black faculty member, Dr. Lorenzo Simpson, was hired in 1976 and taught in the philosophy department. Simpson was granted tenure in 1983. At the University during this time, black people were mainly employed as janitors,…

The top middle photo shows the Harlem Globetrotters performing in the Robins Center as the pregame and halftime act of a Richmond basketball game in December 1973. The caption next to the photo reads: "Probably the most important problem encountered…

The top photograph features what appears to be a law enforcement officer with two black men standing behind him, one is holding a video camera. Considering the placement of this photograph with the bottom image, the scene might be a rally or protest.…

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…
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