Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Illustration "Greatest Ventriloquist Act of the Century"

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Illustration "Greatest Ventriloquist Act of the Century"

Description

This cartoon shows a white ventriloquist agreeing to his sentiment of, "We were all mighty happy until we were interfered with... Weren't we?" with a blackface-wearing ventriloquist's dummy. This refers to forced integration that occurred in public schools during the Civil Rights Movement. As the ventriloquist act occurs, the white man is suffocating a bound black man who represents "over 10,000,000 Negro U.S. 'citizens.'" This illustration is captioned as "the editorial voice of this issue" and urges the Board of Trustees to "continue action on this problem vital to our University."

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Source

Hamm, Jack. "Greatest Ventriloquist Act of the Century." The Messenger (1964): 38. University Archives, RG 24 Student Publications. Virginia Baptist Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia.

Publisher

The Messenger, University of Richmond

Date

1964

Language

English

Identifier

Messenger1964.38-1964.JPG

Coverage

Richmond (Va).

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Citation

Hamm, Jack, “Illustration "Greatest Ventriloquist Act of the Century",” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed August 20, 2019, https://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/2962.