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Anthony Abraham Jack to give 12th annual Murray Lecture

Feb. 7, 2020—Anthony Abraham Jack, a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and assistant professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is the featured speaker for the 12th annual Murray Lecture. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Sarratt Cinema on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

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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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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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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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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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Rosevelt Noble Documents the Black Experience at Vanderbilt

Dec. 23, 2014—To date, Rosevelt Noble has completed roughly 150 various interviews relating to his project and has taken more than 175,000 photos documenting the experience of African Americans on campus.

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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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