This week on Expanding the Ivory Tower, we reflect on a letter to the editor of The Collegian published in 1976. The author of the letter, Wanda Starke, and then-president of the Student Organization for Black Awareness (SOBA) wrote in to critique white members of the university community for failing to participate in SOBA’s celebration of Black History Week. This episode considers what happens when people from marginalized groups get to speak to their own experiences.
This week’s episode features the story of Hillary Tuwei, R’80, one of the greatest track and field athletes in University of Richmond history.
This week on Expanding the Ivory Tower we consider the narrative of the twelve unnamed black students that integrated night courses at University College back in 1964.
This week’s episode captures part of a conversation with Aron Stewart R’74 a pioneer black student-athlete with a complex legacy at the University.
This week on Expanding the Ivory Tower Victoria tackles the most asked and the most dreaded question about her research.
This week on Expanding the Ivory Tower Victoria critiques her own research and the practice of working in isolation from the communities she studies.
This week’s episode of Expanding the Ivory Tower captures part of a conversation with an alumna whose pathway to the University of Richmond intertwines with the university’s legacy of racial discrimination.
Inspired by a presentation given during Black History Month by a group of black student-athletes entitled “Reflections of Our Past”, I return to an earlier episode about the importance of black student-athletes to the history of predominately white institutions and more specifically to the history of the University of Richmond. “Reflections of Our Past” not only presented an expansive history of black athletes in the United States but also posited the role of black athletes (both student and otherwise) in today’s political climate as that of influencers and change agents.
Sitting in the audience I could not help but think back to this episode and my musings about black student-athletes and their significance to the integration of predominately white universities in the 1960s and 1970s. I described black student-athletes as the “vanguards of black student life on campus” because they often cleared the way for further integration at many institutions. As you listen you may be struck by the absence of black women student-athletes in the narrative, which is an unintended consequence of their exclusion from the historical record. With a more intentional eye I plan to uncover their stories and consider their contributions to the university community and legacy.
On this week’s episode, we consider the story of Irene Ebhomielen, a Nigerian international student who attended the University of Richmond in the early 70s.
This week on Expanding the Ivory Tower we consider the complicated history of integration at the University.