Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This press release, written by Mike Kamen at Science Research Associates, Inc. (SRA) in Chicago, Illinois was in regards to Walter M. Carpenter's new position at SRA. Carpenter joined SRA as a stafff associate in the Middle Atlantic States after two…

Page 17 of a program for the June 1964 University of Richmond Commencement Ceremony. This page includes students receiving Masters of Science in Business Administration, Masters of Science in Business Education, and Masters of Commerce Degrees. Of…

This article, likely published in June 1964 in the Richmond News Leader,notes that the University of Richmond would be conferring a degree to a black student for the first time. The student was Walter Carpenter,a Petersburg resident and a civilian…

This June 6, 1964 article notes that the University of Richmond will for the first time be conferring a degree to a black student. The articles names Charles Carpenter (a mistake, the student's name was Walter Carpenter) as the student. It states…

This letter written on March 24, 1972 is a report from Dean Austin E. Grigg to President Heilman about the Southern Regional Educational Board Conference on Minority Students at Historically White Campuses that he attended on March 23-24, 1972. He…

The first in a series of editorials analyzing the President’s Committee (PC) report to Study Campus Relationships. The PC decided that intellectual stagnation on campus is due to "a homogeneous student body, faculty irresponsibility and an…

This is the Collegian's announcement of the decision to let six sororities "colonize" on campus that spring. These sororities are Kappa Kappa Gamma, Delta Delta Delta, Pi Beta Phi, Delta Gamma, Chi Omega, and Kappa Alpha Theta. Assistant director of…

This article from the Collegian in 1983 gives the personal and professional background of the first full-time black professor, Lorenzo Simpson, who was hired in 1976 and taught in the philosophy department. He was granted tenure by the University in…

The bottom photograph features the members of the Student Organization for Black Awareness (SOBA), the first black student organization at the university. The University of Richmond enrolled its first black residential student, Barry Greene, onto the…

Isabelle Sevilla Thomas, pictured in the top left photograph, was one of the first black women to attend the University of Richmond's main campus after integration came into effect. She was from Richmond, Virginia and graduated with a B.A. in Russian…
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