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February events at Vanderbilt celebrate, explore African American experience

Feb. 4, 2018—Events in February at Vanderbilt University are taking a look at the central role African Americans played in American history and their experiences today through art, discussion, lectures and portrayals in film.

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Tenth annual Murray Lecture is Feb. 5

Jan. 25, 2018—Linda Gordon, a professor at New York University and the author of "The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition," will discuss the themes of her book Monday, Feb. 5, at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons. The event is the 10th annual Murray Lecture at Vanderbilt.

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Perry Wallace, pioneer who integrated SEC basketball, has died

Dec. 4, 2017—Perry Wallace, BE’70, the Vanderbilt University student-athlete who integrated Southeastern Conference varsity basketball, died Dec. 1. He was 69.

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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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Civil rights activist, sports sociologist Harry Edwards to give annual Walter Murray Lecture Feb. 19

Feb. 14, 2017—Renowned sports sociologist and activist Harry Edwards will give Vanderbilt University’s annual Walter Murray Lecture Sunday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Student Life Center.

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‘Lost in the Ivy’ documents the African American experience at Vanderbilt

Oct. 9, 2014—A quest to learn about Vanderbilt’s first African American Board of Trust member has led sociologist Rosevelt Noble on a much greater mission to document as much of the African American experience at the university as he can.

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