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Strong inside : the true story of how Perry Wallace broke college basketball's color line

Maraniss, Andrew. (Author).

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  • 2 of 4 copies available at Sage Library System.

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Summary:

Perry Wallace was born at an historic crossroads in U.S. history. He entered kindergarten the year that the Brown v. Board of Education decision led to integrated schools, allowing blacks and whites to learn side by side. A week after Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, Wallace enrolled in high school and his sensational jumping, dunking, and rebounding abilities quickly earned him the attention of college basketball recruiters from top schools across the nation. In his senior year his Pearl High School basketball team won Tennessee's first racially-integrated state tournament. The world seemed to be opening up at just the right time, and when Vanderbilt University recruited Wallace to play basketball, he courageously accepted the assignment to desegregate the Southeastern Conference. The hateful experiences he would endure on campus and in the hostile gymnasiums of the Deep South turned out to be the stuff of nightmares. Yet Wallace persisted, endured, and met this unthinkable challenge head on. This insightful biography digs deep beneath the surface to reveal a complicated, profound, and inspiring story of an athlete turned civil rights trailblazer.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Circulation Modifier Age Hold Protection Active/Create Date Status Due Date
Burns High School 921 WAL (Text) 37733000110422 Non-Fiction Book None 10/14/2021 In process -
Christmas Valley Branch Library YA 796.323 MARANISS (Text) 37620000930943 New Young Adult Book System_Only_3months 07/01/2019 In transit -
OTLD Irrigon Branch J796.323 MAR (Text) 37818000257974 Juvenile Non-Fiction Book None 06/23/2017 Available -
Vale High School Library FIC MARANISS (Text) 37770000033600 Fiction Book System_Only_6months 11/07/2019 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0399548343
  • ISBN: 9780399548345
  • Physical Description: 262 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
    print
  • Edition: Young readers edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Philomel Books, [2017]

Content descriptions

General Note: Includes bibliographic references (pages 247-251) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: A Dangerous Place -- Short 26th -- Freedom Song -- Pearl of the Community -- The Woomp Show -- Not Just Another Game -- They Had the Wrong Guy -- The Name of the Game -- Champions! -- The Promise -- The Surprise -- Dangerous Territory -- History Made Them Wrong -- Hit or Miss -- Crazy People -- Sudden Impact -- What About Justice? -- The Invisible Man -- Slammed Shut -- As Good as It Gets -- The Sudden Fall -- Nightmares -- Hate, Defeated -- A River of Tears -- Death of a Dream -- Truth to Power -- The Cruel Deception -- All Alone -- Nevermore -- Bachelor of Ugliness -- He Saved the Best for Last -- Ticket Out of Town.
Summary, etc.: Perry Wallace was born at an historic crossroads in U.S. history. He entered kindergarten the year that the Brown v. Board of Education decision led to integrated schools, allowing blacks and whites to learn side by side. A week after Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, Wallace enrolled in high school and his sensational jumping, dunking, and rebounding abilities quickly earned him the attention of college basketball recruiters from top schools across the nation. In his senior year his Pearl High School basketball team won Tennessee's first racially-integrated state tournament. The world seemed to be opening up at just the right time, and when Vanderbilt University recruited Wallace to play basketball, he courageously accepted the assignment to desegregate the Southeastern Conference. The hateful experiences he would endure on campus and in the hostile gymnasiums of the Deep South turned out to be the stuff of nightmares. Yet Wallace persisted, endured, and met this unthinkable challenge head on. This insightful biography digs deep beneath the surface to reveal a complicated, profound, and inspiring story of an athlete turned civil rights trailblazer.
Target Audience Note:
1170 Lexile.
Subject: Southern States Race relations
Civil rights Southern States History 20th century
Racism in sports Southern States History 20th century
Basketball players United States Biography
Wallace, Perry (Law professor)
Vanderbilt Commodores (Basketball team) History
Vanderbilt University Basketball History
Wallace, Perry (Law professor)
Genre: Biographies.
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