Timeline of Perry Wallace's Life
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19489191948919Wallace is born in Nashville, TN(Chapter 2)Early Years#006682
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1954919549Wallace starts elementary school (Chapter 2)Early Years#006682
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19581958Wallace starts playing basketball (Chapter 3)Early Years#006682
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1960919609Fall 1960Wallace can dunk a basketball (Chapter 3)Early Years#006682
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1963919639Wallace enters Pearl High School(Chapter 3)Early Years#006682
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196514196514Pearl High School loses to Father Ryan High School (Chapter 3)http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wpln/files/styles/medium/public/201501/ryan-pearl-jump-ball.jpgPhoto: Father Ryan High SchoolRetrieved from: http://nashvillepublicradio.org/post/black-and-white-basketball-teams-first-faced-nashville-50-years-ago#stream/0Early Years#006682
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1965919659Wallace's senior season of basketball begins (Chapter 4)http://photos.mycapture.com/TENN/REMOTES/19215224E.jpgPhoto: Jimmy Ellis / The TennesseanRetrieved from: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2014/12/01/ruse-teaches-perry-wallace-painful-lesson-race/19636379/Early Years#006682
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19663191966319Pearl High School wins the state high school basketball championship (Chapter 6)http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/d05da1eceeb3a7b42ee93aa6edc054614aabc5d5/c=82-0-2968-2170&r=x1443&c=1920x1440/local/-/media/Nashville/Nashville/2014/11/26/635525958641885995-PerryWallace-17.JPGPhoto: Frank Empson / The TennesseanRetrieved from: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2014/11/29/perry-wallace-became-reluctant-trailblazer/19637211/Early Years#006682
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1966519665Spring of 1966Wallace chooses to attend and play basketball at Vanderbilt University (Chapter 7)Early Years#006682
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1966819668Wallace asked to leave the white Church of Christ(Chapter 9)College Years#D8AB4C
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19669141966914Wallace's first day of his freshman semester at Vanderbilt (Chapter 9)College Years#D8AB4C
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1966111919661119Wallace and Dillard are the first black men to wear an SEC uniform as JV players(Chapter 12)College Years#D8AB4C
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19672271967227Wallace plays in JV game at Mississippi State (Chapter 13)College Years#D8AB4C
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1967219672Wallace's mom admitted to hospital for cancer (Chapter 13)College Years#D8AB4C
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1967419674Wallace hears Martin Luther King, Jr. and Stokely Carmichael at Impact '67(Chapter 14)http://www.vanderbilt.edu/magazines/arts-and-science/i/2008-Spring/Hustler-Vol-78-No-26-Page-1-bottom-lg.jpgRetrieved from: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/magazines/arts-and-science/2008-06/back-in-the-day/College Years#D8AB4C
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1967519675Wallace discusses black undergraduate experience with Vanderbilt administration (Chapter 15)College Years#D8AB4C
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1967919679Wallace joins varsity team(Chapter 16)College Years#D8AB4C
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19671241967124Wallace's first home varsity game(Chapter 18)College Years#D8AB4C
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1967231967231967NCAA begins the ban on the Dunk shot(Chapter 16)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1ZvbhNm7EwRetrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1ZvbhNm7EwCollege Years#D8AB4C
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1968119681Wallace plays at Auburn, MSU, and LSU (Chapter 19)College Years#D8AB4C
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19682101968210Wallace plays at Ole Miss (Chapter 20)College Years#D8AB4C
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1968319683Wallace hears Robert F. Kennedy speak at Impact '68 (Chapter 21)http://exhibits.library.vanderbilt.edu/Impact/resources/magazines/IMPACT_Magazine-1968.jpgRetrieved from: http://exhibits.library.vanderbilt.edu/Impact/impact1968.phpCollege Years#D8AB4C
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1968419684Wallace participates in memorial march honoring MLK, Jr. (Chapter 21)http://photos.mycapture.com/TENN/REMOTES/19214978E.jpgPhoto: Frank Empson / The TennesseanRetrieved from: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/2017/03/02/complete-coverage-civil-rights-movement-nashville/98648442/College Years#D8AB4C
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1968719687Wallace interviewed by Sports Illustrated on black athlete experience (Chapter 22)https://cdn-s3.si.com/s3fs-public/styles/si_gallery_slide/public/images/1968-0701-Black-Athlete-cover-006272712.jpg?itok=TL4__YDxPhoto: David NoyesRetrieved from: https://www.si.com/vault/sports-illustrated/photo/2016/05/06/si-most-dramatic-coversCollege Years#D8AB4C
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19687251968725Wallace informs Vanderbilt administration on experience as black student and black athlete at Vanderbilt (Chapter 23)College Years#D8AB4C
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19691969Wallace rejects Raven invitation (Chapter 25)College Years#D8AB4C
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19691969Wallace moves off campus (Chapter 26)College Years#D8AB4C
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1969819698Wallace's mom dies (Chapter 26)College Years#D8AB4C
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19702251970225Wallace wins "Bachelor of Ugliness" from student body (Chapter 26)College Years#D8AB4C
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197037197037Wallace plays final match of Vanderbilt career (Chapter 26)College Years#D8AB4C
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197038197038Wallace gives interview for newspaper on his experience as black student-athlete (Chapter 27)https://img1.newspapers.com/img/thumbnail/113324974/400/400/0_0_4580_7423.jpgRetrieved from: https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/113324974/#College Years#D8AB4C
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19705311970531Wallace graduates from Vanderbilt (Chapter 27)College Years#D8AB4C
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19705311970531Wallace moves to Philadelphia, PA(Chapter 27)Later Years#993D1B
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19706197061970Wallace plays for the Delaware Blue Bombers (Chapter 28)Later Years#993D1B
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1971119711Wallace reports to basic training in Missouri (Chapter 28)Later Years#993D1B
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197110219711021971Wallace moves to Washington, D.C. to work for the Urban League (Chapter 28)Later Years#993D1B
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19711971Wallace's dad dies of cancer (Chapter 28)Later Years#993D1B
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19721975Wallace studies at Columbia Law School (Chapter 28)Later Years#993D1B
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19811198111981Wallace meets Karen Smyley(Chapter 28)Later Years#993D1B
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1983619836Wallace and Smyley marry (Chapter 28)Later Years#993D1B
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1989219892Wallace invited to speak at Vanderbilt (Chapter 29)Later Years#993D1B
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19911991Wallace employed by American University's Law School (Chapter 29)https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/fa5cb6887748a8899bd34d4525fb2206afe29878/c=80-0-1921-1381&r=x1767&c=2352x1764/local/-/media/Nashville/2014/11/28/B9314772843Z.1_20141128194623_000+G0998QOLO.1-0.jpgPhoto: The TennesseanRetrieved from: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2014/12/01/ruse-teaches-perry-wallace-painful-lesson-race/19636379/Later Years#993D1B
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19921992Wallace adopts daughter, Gabrielle (Chapter 29)Later Years#993D1B
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20042212004221Wallace's Vanderbilt basketball jersey retired(Chapter 29)http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/vand/sports/genrel/auto_player/12117065.jpegPhoto: Vanderbilt Photo/Neil BrakeRetrieved from: http://www.vucommodores.com/ot/race-sports-and-vanderbilt-1966-1970.htmlLater Years#993D1B
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20089122008912Wallace (center) inducted into Vanderbilt Athletic Hall of Fame(Chapter 29)http://photos.mycapture.com/TENN/REMOTES/19215185E.jpgPhoto: Shelley Mays / The TennesseanRetrieved from: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2014/12/01/ruse-teaches-perry-wallace-painful-lesson-race/19636379/Later Years#993D1B
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19651965Bill Derrick Coach of the Father Ryan High School basketball team that played against Wallacehttp://dioceseofnashville.com/pictures/2015/1/ryan-pearl2-1.jpgPhoto: Roman Catholic Diocese of NashvilleRetrieved from: http://dioceseofnashville.com/news/ryan-pearl-communities-celebrate-historic-gameCharacter Timeline#333333
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19581958Clarence Wallace Wallace’s cousin who introduced him to basketball (no photo available)Character Timeline#333333
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19651965Approximately 1961-1965Clyde LeeOne of Vanderbilt's best basketball players who helped recruit Wallace and graduated the year before Wallace started schoolhttp://grfx.cstv.com/schools/vand/graphics/auto/clydelee-275x418.jpgPhoto: Vanderbilt Athletics Hall of FameRetrieved from: http://www.vucommodores.com/ot/2008-hof-lee.htmlCharacter Timeline#333333
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196310196610Approximately 1963Jackie Akins Wallace's high school girlfriend (no photo available)Character Timeline#333333
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19661966Approximately 1966David "Big Daddy D" LattinIntroduced Wallace to a more theatrical dunkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSDzxtKt2sQRetrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSDzxtKt2sQCharacter Timeline#333333
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19591960James LawsonA teacher of nonviolent principles whose Nashville sit-ins helped Wallace see the possibility for changehttp://www.vanderbilt.edu/celebratingblackhistory/images/bilde.jpegRetrieved from: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/celebratingblackhistory/whowaswho/Character Timeline#333333
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1963101966101963-1966J.C. HullWallace’s principal at Pearl High Schoolhttp://www.cameronalumni.net/images/principal/HULL.jpgPhoto: Cameron High School Alumni Association, Inc.Retrieved from: http://www.cameronalumni.net/principals.htmCharacter Timeline#333333
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19489191948919Perry Wallace's ParentsPerry Wallace, Sr. and Hattie Wallace (both pictured left)http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/048391e8c2f364bd2c16a00d3cd36bbb08aef882/c=0-0-2994-2251&r=x1443&c=1920x1440/local/-/media/Nashville/Nashville/2014/11/26/635525958656686291-PerryWallace-25.JPGPhoto: Eldred Reaney / The TennesseanRetrieved from: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2014/11/29/perry-wallace-became-reluctant-trailblazer/19637211/Character Timeline#333333
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19663191966319Pearl High School Basketball TeamTed McClain, Tyrone Fizer, James Douglas, Ervin Williams, Willie Fisher, Melvin Smith, Walter Fisher, Joe Herbert, Tony Moorman http://photos.mycapture.com/TENN/REMOTES/19215234E.jpgPhoto: Jimmy Ellis / The TennesseanRetrieved from: http://tennessean.mycapture.com/mycapture/enlarge_remote.asp?source=&remoteimageid=19215234Character Timeline#333333
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196651970Roy SkinnerThe head coach of the Vanderbilt varsity basketball team who recruited Wallace to play at Vanderbilt (center)http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/6cf8b5a3a448e097140f82071ad2fdedf5ec8a74/c=0-74-2998-2328&r=x1443&c=1920x1440/local/-/media/Nashville/Nashville/2014/11/26/635525958683436826-PerryWallace-30.JPGPhoto: Jimmy Ellis / The TennesseanRetrieved from: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2014/11/29/perry-wallace-became-reluctant-trailblazer/19637211/Character Timeline#333333
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1958419584Approximately 1958Walter Louis SmithWallace’s trumpet instructorhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jFLoPV9-MERetrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jFLoPV9-MECharacter Timeline#333333
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1963101966101963-1966Willie BrownA peer of Wallace who played on Father Ryan's basketball team (left)http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/2b0b7652bf028bfb6a6fcc1995f07517d74eed61/c=0-6-800-608&r=x513&c=680x510/local/-/media/Nashville/Nashville/2014/02/17//1392690073000-DN-20131211-NEWS01-312110157-1.jpgPhoto: Jack Corn / The TennesseanRetrieved from: http://www.tennessean.com/picture-gallery/news/local/2014/02/17/nashville-then-december-1963/5568059/Character Timeline#333333
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19601960Approximately 1960Wilt ChamberlainHe introduced Wallace to the dunkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGllSScyi_gVideo: Wilt Chamberlain ArchiveRetrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGllSScyi_gCharacter Timeline#333333
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1967219672Approximately 1967Adolph RuppUniversity of Kentucky’s varsity basketball coach who complained about Wallace's use of dunkinghttps://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/14/Adolph-Rupp-1930.jpgPhoto: Wikimedia CommonsRetrieved From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Adolph-Rupp-1930.jpgCharacter Timeline#333333
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19591959Met Wallace circa 1959Walter MurrayWallace’s best friendhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/vu-wp0/wp-content/uploads/sites/108/2017/02/09160905/Walter-Murray-1967.jpgRetrieved from: https://www.vanderbilt.edu/bcc/black-history-at-vanderbilt-spotlight/Character Timeline#333333
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19631963Alexander HeardNew chancellor of Vanderbilt who encouraged integration and racial equality on campushttp://news.vanderbilt.edu/vanderbiltmagazine/i/2009/08/Heard-A.jpgRetrieved from: http://news.vanderbilt.edu/vanderbiltmagazine/university-mourns-loss-of-chancellor-heard/Character Timeline#333333
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19671967Arthur AsheTennis player whom Wallace admired because he didn’t cause controversy as a black athletehttp://res.cloudinary.com/ithf/image/upload/v1452183550/j1m3rufxdbmeqvybi1y2.jpgRetrieved from: https://www.tennisfame.com/blog/2016/1/a-letter-to-arthur-ashe/Character Timeline#333333
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19671967Beverly AsburyA Vanderbilt University Chaplain hired by Chancellor Heard to help with race relations (far right)http://news.vanderbilt.edu/archived-news/vanderbilt-view/files/iVwyaY/MLKmarch.gif/main.gifRetrieved from: http://news.vanderbilt.edu/archived-news/vanderbilt-view/articles/2008/04/01/looking-back-april-2008.52946.htmlCharacter Timeline#333333
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19661011970101Approximately 1966-1970Bobbie Jean Perdue, Eileen Carpenter, Bedford Waters, Carolyn Bradshaw, and Morris MorganFellow Black Pioneers at Vanderbilt Universityhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Sb4LisGnBkVideo: Lost in the IvyRetrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Sb4LisGnBkCharacter Timeline#333333
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19671967Approximately 1967Bill RussellA basketball player whom Wallace admired because he spoke proudly about being blackhttp://www.photofile.com/Original/AA/MU/aamu150.jpgRetrieved from: http://www.photofile.com/SportsProducts/ProductOptions/AAMU150.html?option=1Character Timeline#333333
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19671967Approximately 1967Cassius ClayA black boxing champion known as Muhammad Ali whom Wallace admired for his athletic abilities and political activismhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYoh62jUFpkRetrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYoh62jUFpkCharacter Timeline#333333
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19661021966102Met Wallace in 1966Godfrey DillardWallace’s fellow black teammate on Vanderbilt’s junior varsity basketball teamhttp://grfx.cstv.com/schools/vand/graphics/auto/Dillard1-265act.jpgRetrieved from: http://www.vucommodores.com/sports/historycorner/spec-rel/122910aad.htmlCharacter Timeline#333333
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1967219672Approximately 1967Lew AlcindorA basketball star known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar whose talent prompted a ban on dunkinghttp://new.artsmia.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/cover_e.jpgRetrieved from: http://new.artsmia.org/teaching-the-arts/lew-alcindor-basketball-player-61st-street-and-amsterdam-avenue-new-york-may-2-1963/avedon-and-alcindor/Character Timeline#333333
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196746196746April 1967Martin Luther King, Jr. Foremost Civil Rights leader who also spoke at Impact ‘67http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2016-01-18-1453130532-1976774-MartinLutherKingspeaking-thumb.jpgRetrieved from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-dreier/martin-luther-king-was-a-democratic-socialist_b_9008990.htmlCharacter Timeline#333333
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19691970Wallace's RoommatesPaul Watermulder, Hal McClain, and David Lombard (no photo available)Character Timeline#333333
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196832196832March 1968Robert F. KennedyA presidential candidate who spoke at Impact ‘68http://arlingtoncemetery.net/rfk.jpgPhoto: The United States SenateRetrieved from: http://arlingtoncemetery.net/rfk.htmCharacter Timeline#333333
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19681970Pete MaravichWallace’s fellow SEC basketball player who faced extreme scrutinyhttp://media.al.com/sports_impact/photo/maravich-vs-alabama-01dfa1b8cef215a1.jpgPhoto: LSU athleticsRetrieved from: http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/02/today_in_sports_history_lsus_p.htmlCharacter Timeline#333333
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196746196745April 1967Stokely CarmichaelA Civil Rights leader and Black Panther leader who spoke at Impact ‘67https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2014/03/07/stokely-carmichael1_wide-493730ead020fa948fa98b597050229be9fa4d85.jpg?s=1400Photo: Bettmann/CorbisRetrieved from: http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2014/03/10/287320160/stokely-carmichael-a-philosopher-behind-the-black-power-movementCharacter Timeline#333333
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19661031966103Approximately 1966Vereen BellA Vanderbilt English professor who was an ally of black students like Wallacehttp://as.vanderbilt.edu/english/images/people/image.php?width=175&image=http://as.vanderbilt.edu/english/images/people/vereen-bell.jpgRetrieved from: http://as.vanderbilt.edu/english/bio/vereen-bellCharacter Timeline#333333
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197039197039March 8, 1970Frank SutherlandThe journalist who interviewed Wallace after his final game (pictured here are John Seigenthaler, Frank Sutherland and Wendell Rawls)http://nashvillearts.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/G9481.jpgPhoto: John SeigenthalerRetrieved from: http://nashvillearts.com/2014/04/john-seigenthaler/Character Timeline#333333
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19741974Bob TallentThe coach of George Washington University’s basketball team who asked Wallace to mentor his playershttp://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/gewa/sports/genrel/auto_headshot/5197919.jpegRetrieved from: http://www.gwsports.com/genrel/tallent_bob00.htmlCharacter Timeline#333333
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200422220042222004David WilliamsThe vice chancellor of Vanderbilt who organized the retirement of Wallace’s basketball jersey numberhttp://grfx.cstv.com/schools/vand/graphics/auto/davidwilliams350wide.jpgRetrieved from: http://www.vucommodores.com/ot/announcement.htmlCharacter Timeline#333333
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19721975During Wallace's Time in Law School: 1972-1975Ernest GreenOne of the Little Rock Nine and a role model for Wallacehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MijCzE9Y1DIVideo: The U.S. ArmyRetrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MijCzE9Y1DICharacter Timeline#333333
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19922199221992Gabrielle Eugenie WallaceWallace’s adopted daughter who has Asperger’s Syndrome (no photo available)Character Timeline#333333
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19721975During Wallace's Time in Law School: 1972-1975Jack GreenburgOne of Wallace’s law professors who worked on Brown v. Board of Educationhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFHEZD7o7h8Video: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth CircuitRetrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFHEZD7o7h8Character Timeline#333333
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19701970Jack RamseyThe coach of the professional basketball team the Philadelphia 76ers who encouraged Wallace to apply to law schoolhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAO8LqJSJ18Video: The National Basketball AssociationRetrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAO8LqJSJ18Character Timeline#333333
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19701970Approximately 1970Joe BryantA student on the basketball team Wallace coached who became a famous basketball playerhttps://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/88/Joe_Bryant_2010.jpg/796px-Joe_Bryant_2010.jpgPhoto: Wikimedia CommonsRetrieved from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Joe_Bryant_2010.jpgCharacter Timeline#333333
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19812198121981Karen SmyleyWallace’s wife and a French professor (no photo available)Character Timeline#333333
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19701970Approximately 1970Leonard “Lenny” BurgWallace’s coworker at Urban League and his roommate (no photo available)Character Timeline#333333
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19751975Approximately 1975Paul RobesonA black athlete, actor, and singer whom Wallace and Wallace’s dad admired for his political activismhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUki-v-NvoERetrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUki-v-NvoECharacter Timeline#333333
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197110119711011970Ron BrownHe hired Wallace to work at Urban Leaguehttp://www.blackpast.org/files/blackpast_images/brown_ron.jpgPhoto: The Library of CongressRetrieved from: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/brown-ronald-h-1941-1996Character Timeline#333333
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19891989Sam HeysThe journalist who initiated Wallace’s return to Vanderbilt and recognized Wallace as a pioneerhttp://www.samheys.com/images/sheys-140-Sam.jpgRetrieved from: http://www.samheys.com/Character Timeline#333333
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