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‘Perry Wallace’

Portion of 25th Avenue South to be renamed ‘Perry Wallace Way’ in honor of civil rights trailblazer, distinguished engineering alumnus

Aug. 21, 2019—Perry Wallace (Vanderbilt University) The portion of 25th Avenue South in front of Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gymnasium will be ceremonially renamed “Perry Wallace Way” in memory of the trailblazing Vanderbilt student-athlete who integrated SEC varsity basketball in 1967. Wallace passed away on Dec. 1, 2017. The university worked with Metro Councilwoman Burkley Allen on renaming the...

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Civil rights pioneer, star Commodore, engineering alumnus Perry Wallace remembered

Dec. 4, 2017—Perry Wallace, BE’70, the Vanderbilt University student-athlete who integrated Southeastern Conference varsity basketball, died Dec. 1. He was 69. “Vanderbilt, the sports world, and the entire country lost a civil rights icon today. We are deeply saddened by the passing of Perry Wallace, who through quiet strength and courage blazed a trail that still serves...

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School recognizes students in athletics, Army and Navy ROTC

Feb. 16, 2016—When a former trial lawyer with the United State Department of Justice and the first African American varsity athlete in the SEC, and the president and CEO of an American chain of over 600 restaurants offer you some advice, listen. Two nationally known Vanderbilt engineering alumni recently spoke to about 50 students who find time...

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Perry Wallace engineering scholarship to honor first black SEC varsity athlete

Oct. 28, 2015—Vanderbilt University will establish the Perry E. Wallace Jr. Scholarship to honor and recognize the achievements of Wallace, who, as a member of the Commodores’ basketball team, became the first African American to play varsity sports in the Southeastern Conference at a time of lethal racial division across the region. Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos made...

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