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'Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace' reveals barrier-breaking travails of basketball player in 1960s

'Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace' reveals barrier-breaking travails of basketball player in 1960s

One of the foundational feel-good legends of 20th century American culture is the story of Jackie Robinson joining the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and breaking “the color line” in Major League Baseball. But bigotry didn’t disappear from sports overnight. League by league, athlete by athlete, players kept fighting to suit up.

The documentary “Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace” looks back at the Vanderbilt student who became the first black basketball player in the SEC in 1967. Twenty years after Robinson — at a time when Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell were NBA stars — Wallace faced unspeakable hate, traveling through the Deep South during the contentious civil rights...

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