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Vanderbilt recognizes trailblazers, marks 50th anniversary of SEC basketball integration

Nov. 28, 2017—Vanderbilt is honoring the legacies of the two players who integrated Vanderbilt athletics, Perry Wallace and Godfrey Dillard, with a series of activities and events this academic year.

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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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SEC to honor Dillard, Wallace with Michael L. Slive Award

Nov. 9, 2017—Two former Vanderbilt basketball players who helped break the color barrier in the Southeastern Conference 50 years ago have been named recipients of the Michael L. Slive Distinguished Service Award, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey announced Thursday.

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Courtside Commemoration: Vanderbilt Athletics Honors Civil Rights Leaders During ‘Equality Weekend’

May. 29, 2017—Equality Weekend, a three-day event that honored 21 of Nashville’s civil rights leaders, celebrated the 50th anniversary of Vanderbilt’s breaking the SEC color barrier with men’s basketball players Perry Wallace, BE’70, and Godfrey Dillard. The 21 leaders were honored at the Commodore men’s basketball game Feb. 18 and the women’s game Feb. 19—both of which were Vanderbilt victories.

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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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From ‘EDI Matter’: A conversation with Godfrey Dillard

Oct. 17, 2016—Godfrey Dillard and Perry Wallace were the first two African American basketball players at Vanderbilt. The lifelong friends endured harsh discrimination on campus as they campaigned for equal rights and diversity. “They wanted to get rid of me because I represented what the future looked like," Dillard said in a recent interview. Read more >

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Perry Wallace, Godfrey Dillard featured in new ‘Commodore Insider’ podcast

Sep. 30, 2016—Former Vanderbilt hoops players Perry Wallace and Godfrey Dillard discuss their trailblazing careers in the new Commodore Insider podcast.

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First-year students learn lessons on race and inclusion at 10th annual Lawson Lecture

Sep. 29, 2016—A reunion 50 years in the making made a significant impact on first-year students at the 10th annual Lawson Lecture Sept. 27, when Vanderbilt alumni Perry Wallace and Godfrey Dillard shared their stories of being young African American basketball recruits and students on campus in the late-1960s.

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10th Annual Lawson Lecture featuring Perry Wallace, Godfrey Dillard, and Andrew Maraniss

Sep. 27, 2016—Watch video of the 10th Annual Lawson Lecture featuring Perry Wallace, Godfrey Dillard, and Andrew Maraniss.

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