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Black History Month celebrated at Vanderbilt

Mar. 2, 2020—Vanderbilt’s 2020 celebration of Black History Month included lectures, off-campus trips, community events and more to celebrate and reflect on the history, impact and contributions of African Americans throughout the country’s history and at the university.

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‘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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‘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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Alumnus expands his chronicle of Freedom Riders with new portraits

Feb. 6, 2019—Lessons from the 1961 Freedom Rides and their relevance to today’s racial justice protests were discussed by alumnus and author Eric Etheridge and rider Rip Patten during a recent campus visit.

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Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center unveils Legacy Pioneers Portraits and newly renovated Legacy Lounge

Oct. 12, 2018—The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center unveiled its first class of Legacy Pioneer portraits. The 10 portraits, which were painted by James Threalkill, BS’79, will hang in the Study Lounge inside the Black Cultural Center.

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Vanderbilt students help preserve Jefferson Street’s musical history

Feb. 7, 2018—Once a vibrant corridor of live music venues and recording studios, Jefferson Street launched the careers of many iconic blues, R&B, jazz and soul artists.

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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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