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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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1960s civil rights ‘voices’ to discuss Warren’s ‘Who Speaks for the Negro?’

Jan. 28, 2016—Author and alumnus Robert Penn Warren's impact on civil rights is among the topics of a Feb. 10 panel discussion with '60s activists Robert Moses and Ruth Turner Perot along with the Rev. Kelly Miller Smith Jr., pastor of the historic First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill.

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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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Smith Hall honors legacy of influential Nashville preacher

Aug. 8, 2014—A new Vanderbilt residence hall pays tribute to the legacy of civil rights pioneer and former Vanderbilt Divinity School assistant dean Kelly Miller Smith.

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College Halls to be named for distinguished figures from Vanderbilt’s history

Nov. 12, 2012—As the College Halls at Kissam construction project continues to take shape on the northeast corner of Vanderbilt’s campus, the university has announced plans to name the finished structures and areas within them in honor of several figures significant to the history and culture of the university.

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