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Black History Month

‘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.

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Anthony Abraham Jack to give 12th annual Murray Lecture

Feb. 7, 2020—Anthony Abraham Jack, a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and assistant professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is the featured speaker for the 12th annual Murray Lecture. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Sarratt Cinema on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

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‘Arts in Black History Month’ gallery at Divinity School open through March 14

Feb. 5, 2020—Vanderbilt Divinity School will display work by artist Michael McBride as part of “Arts in Black History Month.” The exhibit “Intimate Conversations: An Introduction to New Works" will be in the Art Room at the Divinity School through March 14.

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Black History Month at Vanderbilt kicks off Feb. 3

Jan. 31, 2020—Vanderbilt’s annual celebration of Black History Month will kick off Monday, Feb. 3, at the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center with the first of many events planned throughout February. The month will include film screenings, lectures, celebratory programs and more.

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Vanderbilt celebrates Black History Month with dozens of events, programs and lectures

Mar. 1, 2019—More than a dozen lectures, programs, celebrations and gatherings took place across campus throughout the month of February to commemorate the nationally celebrated Black History Month.

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Upcoming Black History Month events will center on racial bias and injustice in America’s penal system

Feb. 13, 2019—The historical causes and current day implications of America’s incarceration system will be critically examined at three upcoming Black History Month events on Vanderbilt’s campus.

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What’s on My Mind: Black History Month as a call to action

Feb. 6, 2019—Black History Month is a critical time for reflection, for compassion, for improvement. Vanderbilt is celebrating the month with a series of thought-provoking events to inspire action in February and beyond.

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Black History Month kickoff at noon today at Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center

Feb. 1, 2019—The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center is hosting a kickoff celebration for Black History Month today at noon. The program includes vibrant music by drum ensemble Nature’s Drummers and a brief presentation on the historical significance of the month and the events to come.

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‘Hidden Figures’ author discusses female STEM pioneers, shared history

Feb. 23, 2018—"Hidden Figures" author Margot Lee Shetterly discussed the importance of African Americans role models in telling America's story during a campus visit Feb. 20.

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Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center opens new spaces to serve students

Feb. 22, 2018—Vanderbilt leaders, students, faculty and staff celebrated the opening of three new dedicated spaces Feb. 16 to serve students and build community at the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center.

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African American history ‘transcribe-a-thon’ honors Frederick Douglass

Feb. 14, 2018—Vanderbilt students and faculty came together to transcribe digitized handwritten records from the 19th century about African American history Feb. 14 at the Center for Digital Humanities.

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What’s On My Mind: Lessons of Black History Month inform our vision for the future

Feb. 8, 2018—A number of remarkable African American leaders have moved Vanderbilt forward, and it’s their legacy upon which we continue to build our beloved community. In this week’s “What’s On My Mind,” Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos discusses their potent combination of courage and determination.

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