‘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.
Nov. 27, 2019—Vanderbilt will host a screening of the documentary film "Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace" on Thursday, Dec. 12, in Sarratt Cinema. The event is free and open to the public, and free popcorn, soft drinks and hot chocolate will be provided.
Jan. 30, 2019—"Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace," the documentary that tells the story of the first African American varsity basketball player in the SEC, is now available for educational screenings.
Nov. 16, 2018—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will host a screening of "Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace" on Thursday, Dec. 6, in Memorial Gym. The event is free and open to faculty, staff and students as well as their friends and family.
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.
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.
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.
Feb. 6, 2018—A public celebration of the life of Vanderbilt alumnus Perry Wallace, who integrated Vanderbilt athletics and SEC varsity basketball, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Feb. 19 at Benton Chapel.
Dec. 5, 2017—Hundreds of people—including family, friends, teammates and fans—gathered at Vanderbilt’s Langford Auditorium Dec. 4 for the premiere of “Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace,” a documentary of the late Wallace’s courage and struggles as a student-athlete breaking the color barrier in the SEC.
Nov. 9, 2017—Vanderbilt students got a sneak preview of the documentary film "Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace" on Nov. 8, when Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos welcomed the students and others to the Wednesday night showing at the Belcourt Theatre near campus.