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…

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 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…

This article debriefs students on the speech President Boatwright had given at a baptist convention in Atlanta. In it, the author explains the ways President Boatwright spoke out against Nazism, saying it "disrupts the racial and religious issues of…

This article describes how the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) finds that the University of Richmond “still projects an image of an exclusive all-white ‘Southern’ institution,” and Dr. Eloise Severinson, who is the HEW…

This article summarizes a meeting where Dr. George Modlin spoke on institutional change. Dr. Modlin had received a letter from the Civil Rights Director of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) , and was asked to comment on the…

This article indicated that the U.S. Department of Education filed a countersuit against the University of Richmond after UR refused to cooperate with an investigation regarding sex discrimination in its athletics. The countersuit was in response to…
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