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Current Event April 3, 2015

Integrating College Basketball in the South

Basketball fans across the country are preparing for the exciting end of March Madness, the NCAA basketball tournament. As Kentucky drives towards a undefeated season, this story remembers a time when the Southeastern Conference (SEC) was not integrated. Despite the Voting Rights Act of 1964, racism in the South was still commonplace and public. Perry Wallace stepped onto the basketball court for Vanderbilt University in 1966 and became the first black varsity athlete in the Southeastern Conference. Listen to learn more about the climate of Southern basketball in the late 1960s and how Perry Wallace survived and thrived.

Warning: Quotes in this story contain strong language.

Race Sports Civil RIghts

Story Length: 8:16

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National Public Radio

AIR DATE: 12/08/2014

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