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‘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.

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Open Mind: Telling our stories of diversity and hope

Jan. 13, 2020—In her latest "Open Mind" column, Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente reflects on the words carved into the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.: “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”

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Vanderbilt will host screening of ‘Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace’ Dec. 12

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.

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Vanderbilt community celebrates LGBTQI History Month

Nov. 7, 2019—Vanderbilt marked LGBTQI History Month in October with a series of events honoring lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex narratives and history, and by engaging community members in meaningful reflection, programming and education.

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Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center celebrates 35 years

Oct. 25, 2019—The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center marked its 35th anniversary during Reunion Weekend, celebrating the impact of its innovative programming, support and services to students, faculty and staff at Vanderbilt.

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David Williams Fall Classic exhibition baseball game is Nov. 10, will honor history of Negro Baseball League

Oct. 25, 2019—The Vanderbilt and Michigan baseball teams will play each other in a Nov. 10 exhibition game named in honor of former Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs and Athletics Director David Williams II. Admission to the David Williams Fall Classic, scheduled to begin at noon at Hawkins Field, will be free.

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Five Vanderbilt Trailblazer portraits unveiled during Reunion Weekend

Oct. 19, 2019—Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente unveiled the Vanderbilt Trailblazer portraits of Kate Lupton, David Williams II, Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips, K.C. Potter and Muhammad Yunus on Oct. 18.

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Heart of Gold: Remarkable life of David Williams II celebrated

May. 23, 2019—David Williams II was remembered as a courageous vice chancellor, outstanding athletics director, brilliant law professor, and devoted husband and father during a celebration of life service Feb. 15.

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Chancellor announces next round of Vanderbilt trailblazers to be honored with portraits

Apr. 26, 2019—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos announced today the second series of portraits honoring five Vanderbilt trailblazers. Zeppos has commissioned paintings of Dorothy Wingfield Phillips, K.C. Potter, David Williams II, Kate Lupton and Muhammad Yunus.

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Remarkable life of David Williams II celebrated

Feb. 18, 2019—David Williams II was remembered as a courageous vice chancellor, outstanding athletics director, brilliant law professor and devoted husband and father during a celebration of life service Feb. 15.

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Chancellor discusses ‘state of the university,’ impact of staff, with USAC

Feb. 15, 2019—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos recently provided updates on topics ranging from strategic land use planning to increasing leadership opportunities for women, during a wide-ranging talk at USAC.

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What’s on My Mind: Black History Month as a call to action

Feb. 6, 2019—Black History Month is a critical time for reflection, for compassion, for improvement. Vanderbilt is celebrating the month with a series of thought-provoking events to inspire action in February and beyond.

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