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Perry Wallace

What’s On My Mind: Elevating Trailblazers and reflecting our community through art

Oct. 15, 2018—We must ensure that the artwork displayed at Vanderbilt celebrates role models that inspire all members of our rich mosaic, writes Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos in this week's column.

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New portraits honor Vanderbilt Trailblazers

Oct. 15, 2018—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos unveiled four portraits on Saturday that are part of a new “Vanderbilt Trailblazers” series to honor members of the Vanderbilt community who broke barriers at the university and in society at large.

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Beverly Asbury, ‘conscience’ of Vanderbilt University, dies

Aug. 31, 2018—The Rev. Beverly A. Asbury, who worked tirelessly as Vanderbilt's first chaplain to eliminate racial- and religious-based hatred and to promote inclusion and respect for others, has died.

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Trailblazer Tribute: New basketball scholarship honors Perry Wallace

Jun. 8, 2018—Civil rights trailblazer Perry Wallace, BE’70, who became the first-ever African American varsity basketball player in the Southeastern Conference when he suited up for Vanderbilt in 1967, has been honored with a new scholarship at the university.

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‘Triumph’ film celebrated at historic Woolworth on 5th

May. 14, 2018—Vanderbilt celebrated the inclusion of "Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace" in this year’s Nashville Film Festival at an event May 12 at the historic Woolworth on 5th restaurant—a key site in Nashville’s and the nation’s civil rights history.

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Perry Wallace’s story to reach new audiences through Nashville Film Festival

May. 2, 2018—“Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace” will be featured at this year’s Nashville Film Festival Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 12, at 3:15 p.m.

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State Legislature honors Vanderbilt athlete, civil rights pioneer Perry Wallace

Apr. 11, 2018—The Tennessee General Assembly unanimously passed a joint resolution honoring the memory of Vanderbilt alumnus Perry Wallace on April 11. Wallace, who grew up in North Nashville, integrated Vanderbilt varsity basketball in 1966 and made history on Dec. 2, 1967, as the first African American basketball player to compete in a varsity game in the Southeastern Conference.

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Horvitz YouthAbility donates to Perry E. Wallace Jr. Basketball Scholarship

Mar. 30, 2018—The Horvitz YouthAbility program, a Cleveland organization that serves disabled and at-risk youth, has made a donation to the Perry E. Wallace Basketball Scholarship after its members read Wallace's biography and visited Nashville to walk in his footsteps.

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In Memoriam: Perry Wallace, BE’70, 1948-2017

Feb. 26, 2018—By Andrew Maraniss, BA’92   For Perry Wallace, it was never about him. Every time the spotlight shone on the sports and civil rights pioneer, he used the platform to advocate for others. A law professor at American University who was the first African American varsity basketball player in the SEC, Wallace died Dec. 1,...

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Enduring Spirit: Red-carpet event held for premiere of Perry Wallace documentary

Feb. 26, 2018—Just three days after Perry Wallace, BE’70, died, hundreds of people—including family, friends, teammates and fans—gathered at Vanderbilt’s Langford Auditorium on Dec. 4 for the premiere of Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace, a documentary about the late Wallace’s courage and struggles as a student-athlete breaking the color barrier in the SEC.

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Vanderbilt and civil rights pioneer Perry Wallace’s remarkable life celebrated Feb. 19

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.

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New Vanderbilt basketball scholarship pays tribute to civil rights pioneer Perry Wallace

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.

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