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Strong Inside Wallace Maraniss
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A documentary about the Vanderbilt basketball star Perry Wallace, who integrated the Southeastern Conference, debuts Monday evening on campus. But the event has taken on a somber tone because Wallace died on Friday — just as his alma mater was marking the 50th anniversary of the breaking of a stubborn color barrier.

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Many schools aspire for racial diversity. But that’s not quite the aim of the newest charter school in North Nashville. KIPP Nashville College Prep Elementary says it is embracing what is a reality for most schools in the area: that students are primarily African-American, and instead of swimming against the current, it’s trying to turn cultural isolation into a positive.

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Nashville has received $15 million to help out some of its public magnet schools. The U.S. Department of Education grant will get distributed among five elementary schools with large Hispanic or African American populations.

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Nashville has not been immune to acts of hate, harassment and bias in recent months. But exactly how often they've occurred is difficult to say. So a coalition of immigrant, LGBT, and religious organizations debuted a new counting method this week.

Gideon's Army Nashville
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Nashville police and the critics of their traffic stops remained at a stark divide after a specially called meeting Monday at Metro Council chambers. Police offered no direct rebuttal to findings that officers disproportionately stop and search the vehicles of black drivers, and the department made no promises of reforms.

Gideons Army Driving While Black
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

In October, a group of Nashville activists stood on the steps of City Hall to announce findings of racial disparities in local policing and to demand changes to how traffic stops are conducted. Now they’ll get the chance to show the Metro Council exactly what they found by analyzing 82,000 traffic stops from the past five years.

Strong Inside Wallace Maraniss
Courtesy of Andrew Maraniss

A Nashville author who saw surprising success with his first book is trying to extend his hot streak. With, “Strong Inside,” Vanderbilt University alum Andrew Maraniss delivered a bestseller about Perry Wallace, the first black basketball player in the Southeastern Conference.

Now, Maraniss has crafted the story into a condensed version for young adults — with a full-color action shot on the cover — and it joins an emerging trend of true sports stories for teens.

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University has settled a long-running lawsuit so it can rename Confederate Memorial Hall. The school will pay $1.2 million to the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which is considered present day value of the original $50,000 donation more than 80 years ago.

Nashville Black Lives Matter vigil
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

A crowd that was too large to count — perhaps a thousand people — filled Nashville's Public Square Friday night for a multi-purpose gathering in response to high profile killings by police this week.

The event was rarely solemn, but instead fiery and infused with social justice issues ranging from race relations to affordable housing to the current presidential contest.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley challenged Republicans to do more to reach out to minorities and address racial inequality in her keynote speech Friday night at the Tennessee GOP's annual Statemen's Dinner.

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