‘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.
Oct. 21, 2019—An Oct. 18 ceremony to unveil the new name—David Williams II—on the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center paid tribute to the university's first African American vice chancellor and athletics director.
Jul. 26, 2019—Two Vanderbilt leaders—Gail Williams and Consuelo Wilkins—will be inducted into the Academy for Women of Achievement.
May. 29, 2019—The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has honored Gail and David Williams with the Francis S. Guess Bridge to Equality Award. The award, which honors the memory of civil rights trailblazer and civic leader Francis S. Guess, recognizes those who spur innovation leading to equality.
May. 1, 2019—The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee will present the fourth annual Francis S. Guess Bridge to Equality Award to Gail Williams and the late David Williams II at a luncheon on Thursday, May 23.
Nov. 19, 2018—As 70-year-old Williams nears the end of a 15-year run leading Vanderbilt athletics—and his 27th year as a senior administrator in higher education—he is ready to hand over leadership of a department that has made enormous strides during his tenure.
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. 19, 2018—Vanderbilt alumnus and civil rights trailblazer Perry Wallace has been honored with a new scholarship that will provide support for student-athletes at the university.
Apr. 19, 2016—The Vanderbilt community had the opportunity to interact with regional transit officials on efforts to ease traffic congestion and improve public transportation during a discussion April 14 at Vanderbilt’s Student Life Center.
Apr. 22, 2015—One of the challenges of doing the work that Julian Hinds is determined to do is that results may not be immediately palpable. Hinds plans to be an attorney who is deeply invested in civil rights issues and helping students gain access to quality education.
Mar. 23, 2012—Vanderbilt Associate Director of Community, Neighborhood and Government Relations Gail Carr Williams and others with ties to the university have been elected to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts’ Board of Trustees. In all, five accomplished community leaders were elected, and Steve Turner and Bernice Gordon were named the Board of Trustees’ first honorary...