Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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In this oral history interview, Stanley Jones (R’83) sat down with Ayele d’Almeida (’20) and Jacob Roberson (’19) on June 20, 2018, in Boatwright Memorial Library. Over the course of the one hour and forty minute interview,…

Pi Kappa Alpha's description in The Web 1983 features the phrase "once you go Black you never go back" that promotes stereotypes about interracial relationships.

A description of Halloween in The Web 1980 describes students dressed as "Ku Klux Klan members and oil-seeking Arabs." During the week before Halloween, students were also "lectured to on rape prevention." Several students are depicted in culturally…

The image in the top right of the Kappa Sigma photo collage features a student dressed as a Native American with a feather headpiece and face paint.

A photo collage of Homecoming 1951 features an image of a float at a football game in the top left corner. Three men dressed like Native Americans and a teepee are on the float inscribed with the words "no chants for victory." At the time, the…

The bottom left photograph in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon spread of The Web 1950 features the fraternity's float at a football game. There appears to be a teepee and a person dressed like a Native American. A sign on the float reads, "they came, we…

This collage of photographs of the Westhampton College Prom (now called Ring Dance) in 1949 seems to portray the theme of "cowboys and Indians" as evidenced by the background. The photo on the top right and the two photos at the bottom of the page…

In the middle photo at the bottom of the second page of the Phi Gamma Delta spread, two life-size, extremely caricatured African cut-out figures can be seen outside of a Phi Gamma Delta (or "Fiji") Tent. The caption reads,"Dr. Livingstone, I…

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 letter to the editor was written in response to a lead story on the resignation of Michael White, former chairman of the Judicial Council of Richmond College. White’s resignation stemmed from the decision of Richard Mateer, Dean of Richmond…
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