Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South (Paperback)

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Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South By Andrew Maraniss, Derrick E. White (Foreword by), Louis Moore (Foreword by) Cover Image

Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South (Paperback)

By Andrew Maraniss, Derrick E. White (Foreword by), Louis Moore (Foreword by)

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When Strong Inside was first published ten years ago, no one could have predicted the impact the book would have on Vanderbilt University, Nashville, and communities across the nation. What began as a biography of Perry Wallace--the first African American basketball player in the Southeastern Conference (SEC)--became a catalyst for meaningful change and reconciliation between Wallace and the city that had rejected him. In this tenth-anniversary edition, scholars of race and sports Louis Moore and Derrick E. White provide a new foreword that places the story in the context of the study of sports and society, and author Andrew Maraniss adds a concluding chapter filling readers in on how events unfolded between Strong Inside's publication in 2014 and Perry Wallace's death in 2017 and exploring Wallace's continuing legacy.

Wallace entered kindergarten the year that Brown v. Board of Education upended "separate but equal." As a twelve-year-old, he sneaked downtown to watch the sit-ins at Nashville's lunch counters. A week after Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, Wallace entered high school, and later saw the passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts. On March 19, 1966, his Pearl High School basketball team won Tennessee's first integrated state tournament--the same day Adolph Rupp's all-white Kentucky Wildcats lost to the all-Black Texas Western Miners in an iconic NCAA title game.

The world seemed to be opening up at just the right time, and when Vanderbilt recruited him, Wallace courageously accepted the assignment to desegregate the SEC. His experiences on campus and in the hostile gymnasiums of the Deep South turned out to be nothing like he ever imagined.
Andrew Maraniss is a New York Times-bestselling author of sports nonfiction for adults, teens, and children. In addition to Strong Inside, his work includes Games of Deception: The True Story of the First US Olympic Basketball Team at the 1936 Olympics in Hitler's Germany; Singled Out: The True Story of Glenn Burke; Inaugural Ballers: The True Story of the First US Women's Olympic Basketball Team; and the Young Readers adaptation of Strong Inside.
Product Details ISBN: 9780826506924
ISBN-10: 0826506925
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
Publication Date: March 15th, 2024
Pages: 480
Language: English