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African American history spotlighted at Central Library

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.

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Nashville historical marker honors VU graduate’s LGBT activism

Dec. 12, 2017—Community leaders, family and friends of the late Penny Campbell, a Vanderbilt graduate and LGBT activist, came together to celebrate a Nashville historical marker being placed in her honor Dec. 8.

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Perry Wallace, pioneer who integrated SEC basketball, has died

Dec. 4, 2017—Perry Wallace, BE’70, the Vanderbilt University student-athlete who integrated Southeastern Conference varsity basketball, died Dec. 1. He was 69.

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Writer-in-residence Andrew Maraniss shares the story of Perry Wallace on ‘The Zeppos Report’

Nov. 27, 2017—On the latest episode of "The Zeppos Report," Vanderbilt writer-in-residence Andrew Maraniss tells Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos about his personal journey to Vanderbilt and how it led him to write Perry Wallace's biography.

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Author of Perry Wallace biography has unique role at Vanderbilt

Sep. 1, 2017—Andrew Maraniss, who wrote Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South, is working with Vanderbilt students from a unique position this academic year. He is spending part of his time as a writer-in-residence at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, where he is leading special programming with first-year students....

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Vanderbilt’s Osher Lifelong Learning offers new fall classes

Aug. 4, 2017—Architectural treasures, Broadway plays on film, and a first-time preview of a Nashville Ballet performance are among the rich subjects offered this fall by Vanderbilt's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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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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Vanderbilt athletics to honor 21 Nashville civil rights leaders

Feb. 14, 2017—Vanderbilt athletics is set to honor 21 of Nashville's leading civil rights figures at its men's and women's basketball games this weekend, when the players will wear special Nike uniforms.

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Chancellor charges students to live out King’s legacy during MLK Day of Service

Jan. 16, 2017—Standing on the dais from which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once spoke, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos charged college students gathered Saturday at Fisk University to live out the civil rights leader's legacy.

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Vanderbilt University explores theme of justice and democracy during annual MLK Day Commemoration Jan. 13-17

Jan. 6, 2017—The theme for this year’s commemoration is “Justice and Democracy? Revolutionizing our American Myths.”

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For women re-entering workforce, sharing personal information may get you hired

May. 19, 2016—New first-of-its-kind research from two Vanderbilt Law School economists contradicts conventional wisdom and finds a female applicant strongly raises her chances of getting hired if she gives personal information clarifying her resume gaps.

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Renowned civil rights activist Diane Nash to deliver annual Walter Murray Lecture Feb. 25

Feb. 19, 2016—Diane Nash, one of the most respected leaders of the civil rights movement, will deliver a lecture Thursday, Feb. 25, named in honor of Walter Murray, a Vanderbilt alumnus, who made history by blazing a trail at the university.

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