‘Perry Wallace Way’ dedicated in honor of first African American varsity basketball player in the SEC
Feb. 24, 2020—More than 200 people gathered in front of Vanderbilt University’s Memorial Gym Feb. 22 for the dedication of Perry Wallace Way, the portion of 25th Avenue South recently named in honor of Vanderbilt trailblazer and Nashville native Perry Wallace, the first African American to play varsity basketball in the Southeastern Conference.
Feb. 24, 2020—Political bipartisanship, the impact of ‘70s television, and issues surrounding race, gender and sports are among the spring classes being offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt.
Feb. 24, 2019—What role did the Olympic ban on South Africa play in the demise of Apartheid? What made the U.S. movement to boycott the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin unsuccessful? Visiting author Andrew Maraniss will examine these questions at the next Sports and Society Initiative event on Thursday, Feb. 28.
Sep. 13, 2018—Vanderbilt’s Sports and Society Initiative hosted best-selling author Howard Bryant for a lecture at the McGugin Center Sept. 11. Bryant’s talk centered on the heritage of the black athlete and the intersection of politics and patriotism from the perspective of black athletes.
Aug. 31, 2018—The Rev. Beverly A. Asbury, who worked tirelessly as Vanderbilt's first chaplain to eliminate racial- and religious-based hatred and to promote inclusion and respect for others, has died.
Aug. 31, 2018—A new committee report recommends improvements to the University Press to better engage faculty and the Vanderbilt community and build on regional strengths, positioning the press for success.
Jul. 19, 2018—Engaging student-athletes in creative forms of expression and building connections between excellence in sports and the arts are among goals for three summer workshops organized by the Curb Center.
Apr. 11, 2018—The Tennessee General Assembly unanimously passed a joint resolution honoring the memory of Vanderbilt alumnus Perry Wallace on April 11. Wallace, who grew up in North Nashville, integrated Vanderbilt varsity basketball in 1966 and made history on Dec. 2, 1967, as the first African American basketball player to compete in a varsity game in the Southeastern Conference.
Feb. 23, 2018—Nashville's thriving sports scene, 21st-century American cities and the latest brain research are among the spring 2018 classes offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt.
Feb. 22, 2018—The extraordinary courage that Distinguished Alumnus Perry Wallace displayed as the SEC's first African American basketball player was remembered during a celebration of life service Feb. 19.
Feb. 6, 2018—A public celebration of the life of Vanderbilt alumnus Perry Wallace, who integrated Vanderbilt athletics and SEC varsity basketball, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Feb. 19 at Benton Chapel.
Jan. 23, 2018—A lecture related to little-known African American sports history on Feb. 7 will lead off a series of events celebrating African American History Month at the Central Library.