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Vanderbilt athletics honors civil rights leaders during Equality Weekend

Feb. 27, 2017—Vanderbilt recently celebrated Equality Weekend, a two-day event that honored 21 of Nashville’s civil rights leaders and marked the 50th anniversary of Vanderbilt breaking the SEC’s color barrier with men’s basketball players Perry Wallace and Godfrey Dillard. The 21 leaders were honored at the Commodores’ men’s basketball game on Feb. 18 and the women’s game on Feb. 19—both Vanderbilt victories.

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Nominations due Feb. 8 for Johnson Award recognizing faculty leadership in equity, diversity and inclusion

Jan. 18, 2016—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos has announced the establishment of the Joseph A. Johnson, Jr. Distinguished Leadership Professor Award, to be given annually beginning at the 2016 Spring Faculty Assembly. The award will recognize a faculty member whose contributions have enhanced equity, diversity and inclusion in the university’s academic endeavors.

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Vanderbilt marks African American milestones

Oct. 8, 2014—It's been 50 years since eight African American students first enrolled as undergraduates at Vanderbilt. The university is marking this and other milestones with a new website and with banners displayed in a central location on campus.

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Panel discussion highlights life and legacy of Bishop Joseph Johnson

Oct. 2, 2014—An esteemed group of panelists will reflect on Bishop Joseph A. Johnson Jr. as a scholar, a bishop and a civil rights activist in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth and the 60th anniversary of his graduation as Vanderbilt’s first African American student.

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2014 Vanderbilt Divinity and GDR Distinguished Alumni/ae named

Aug. 19, 2014—The late Bishop Joseph Johnson, the Rev. Becca Stevens and the Rev. Dr. Thomas Ogletree are the 2014 Divinity/GDR Distinguished Alumni/ae.

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