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‘Strong Inside’ a compelling look at race and college sports in the South

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Many Americans are familiar with the famed pioneers of racial integration in sports — Jackie Robinson with the Dodgers, or Althea Gibson at Wimbledon. But after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, many lesser-known African-American athletes also became firsts in their sport, and faced a lonely and sometimes terrifying road. One of them was Perry Wallace. Wallace, who began playing basketball for Vanderbilt in 1967, was the first black player in the Southeast Conference. Even before he accepted…

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