Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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In 1963, alumus Raymond E. Abbitt refused to pay alumni dues because he believed “that if the institutions of higher learning cannot be leaders in the democratic and Christian ways of life in the United States then I see very little hope for our…

This 1971 Collegian article describes President Modlin's response to alumni who were concerned and irate about on-campus speakers such as Dick Gregory, a black comedian, author, actor, activist, and civil rights leader, who came to speak on campus in…

President Edward Ayers spoke about the University of Richmond's past during his 2008 inaugural speech, and retold the history of both colleges focusing on "stories about Richmond's first presidents, its Baptist roots, the first female students, and…

In this article, the author discussed how the main campus of the University was “truly integrated” for the first time. In the fall of 1968, five full-time black students were admitted to the main campus. The author claimed that there had been…

This article which appeared in the Wall Street Journal on April 12, 1979 discusses how the law has changed to forbid "sex discrimination in educational institutions that get federal funds." It brings up that the Department of Health, Education, and…

This article discusses how Senator Harry F. Byrd Jr. called on President Nixon and the secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) for the immediate removal of Dr. Eloise Severinson, HEW's regional director for Virginia. Byrd…

This articles describes a banquet hosted by Chinese students honoring Mr. Y. E. Hsiaio (Hsiao), a Chinese educator. From Ningpo (Ningbo), China, Hsiao was a Shanghai College graduate and president general secretary of the Chinese Student Christian…

The Chinese Club held a banquet on October 10, 1924 to celebrate the fourteenth anniversary of the Chinese Republic. The banquet was located at Far East Restaurant, on Third and Broad Streets. Members of the Chinese Club included both Richmond…

This University of Richmond Collegian article describes a Commission on Diversity spearheaded by University President Richard L. Morrill that intends to address “the problem of the minority experience” on campus. The article begins with a…

This article explains a message from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) to the University of Richmond that the school "still projects an image of exclusive all-white 'Southern' institution." UR was the largest privately supported…
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