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Unity House Project

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Unity House Project


A collection of photographs and written accounts that help illustrate the purpose of Unity House as well as Ursinus' history of race - discussions, discrimination, perceptions, etc.


Angela Bey, George Gordon, Cynthia Ercole, Alex Wagoner

Collection Items

Hate crime discussed during meeting
Report on a town hall meeting discussing the vandalizing of an African-American teacher's podium with a racial epithet.

Ursinus Weekly on the Sit In Movement
In an Ursinus Weekly newspaper article from May 9th 1960, an unknown author commentates on the Sit-In movement which began earlier that year in February, when four black students from North Carolina A&T sat down at a Woolworth lunch counter in…

Biography of Joyce L. Strickland ‘34; first mention of Blackness in the literary magazine, The Lantern (first issue, May 1933); Short story: “A Domestic Episode” (1934)
Art is the pulse of social consciousness. The Lantern is one of the first, and certainly the biggest circulation of art at Ursinus College. To find that a white woman is applauded for speaking from the black experience in the first publication of…

Admission of Negro Girls Provides Difficult Situation
This article acknowledges the difficulties for Admission to initiate inclusion of black women on Ursinus College campus. In 1968, Ursinus and its students speculate how to outreach for black women to provide inclusion and diversity on campus.

UC Town Hall Meeting proved a bit disappointing
An op-ed by James Shelton describes his disappointment with how a recent town hall meeting on the discussion of racism at Ursinus was conducted

First Black AFABs to Graduate from Ursinus College- Deborah C. Bumbry, English Major & Carol Lynne Clark, History Major (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) (1973)
It is baffling that the first black women to graduated from Ursinus only forty-five years ago. The first black man graduated in 1956-- seventeen years beforehand. Not only does this highlight a racial bias on campus, but a gender bias is certainly a…

Finally, Ursinus creates an arena for race relations
A screening of the film "Traces of the Trade" at Ursinus leads to a "dialogue about white guilt and white privilege"

Email notification of the passing of Dr. W. Robert Crigler, the first African-American student at Ursinus College. Email sent on Thursday, October 25th, 2018 by “Ursinus News”
Dr. W. Robert Crigler was the first African-American graduate of Ursinus College in 1956. His passing is significant for many reasons, however most recognizable is the establishment of The W. R. Crigler Institute for black students (formerly known as…

Spring Semester opens with 'MLK Week'
Institute for Inclusion and Equity launch caps week of programming at Ursinus College. It was noted in the article of the reflection of interdisciplinary research on campus related to inclusivity and equity needing to identify and openly discuss…

Carol Clark Lawerence (1998)
After graduation, Carol Clark Lawrence went to serve on the Ursinus Board of Directors. This is remarkable given Ursinus’s lack of inclusion of Black female voices only two decades prior. This source highlights the pererverance and tenacity of…
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