January 29, 2018

Film festival screenings

The film festivals that are screening Triumph continue to grow. Follow this space and continue to check on our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates. We’re coming to a festival near you! Pan African Film Festival Los Angeles, California Sun, Feb 11, 2018–3:50pm at Cinemark Baldwin Hills & XD Tue, Feb 13, 2018–1:15pm at Cinemark Baldwin Hills & XD Santa Barbara International Film Festival Santa Barbara, California Wed, Feb 7, 2018–8:00am at Metro Thurs, Feb 8, 2018–7:00pm at Fiesta Austin Film Festival Austin, Texas Fri, Oct 27, 2017–7:00pm at Rollins Theater Mon, Oct 30, 2017–1:00pm at Alamo Drafthouse Village Heartland Film Festival Indianapolis, Indiana Sun, Oct 15, 2017–2:45pm at AMC Castleton Square Mon, Oct 16, 2017–3:00pm at AMC Traders Point      
December 3, 2017

Vandy’s Tribute to Perry

Today, Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos issued the following statement on the passing of Perry Wallace, Vanderbilt alumnus and the first African-American to play varsity basketball in the Southeastern Conference (SEC): “Vanderbilt, the sports world, and the entire country lost a civil rights icon today. We are deeply saddened by the passing of Perry Wallace, who through quiet strength and courage blazed a trail that still serves as a lesson in resilience and perseverance in the face of incredible obstacles. We are more fortunate for having known him and for his legacy at Vanderbilt. While his passing sadly comes just as we come together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Perry’s groundbreaking achievement, his legacy will live on.  Our thoughts are […]
December 2, 2017

Perry Wallace 1948-2017

“There’s a natural tendency to regard Perry Wallace as an exceptional athlete or as a trailblazer for the integration of Southern society, indeed a pioneer of racial progress. And while he certainly checked both of those boxes, it is more accurate to revere him as a genuine American treasure. Perry was a towering intellect with an unerring moral compass. He chose Vanderbilt University for its superior educational opportunities, never imagining that future generations would be studying his life. He never sought to be a role model or hero; however, he was blessed with the wherewithal to do so when challenged to rise, and rise above the situations that would stop most others. And while he prided himself on trying to always […]
September 16, 2016

James Siakam of Cameroon Receives Perry Wallace Courage Award

The pioneering spirit of Perry Wallace (the first African-American to play in the SEC) is alive and well at Vanderbilt, where James Siakam ’15 of Douala, Cameroon, became the first student-athlete awarded the prestigious Perry Wallace Courage Award. In a poignant meeting with award’s namesake, Siakam discussed his personal journey as a French-speaking African coming to the United States at age 15 with very raw basketball skills. He noted that, although he had to overcome difficult cultural adjustments, they had to be less challenging than those faced by Wallace in the late 1960s. Siakam capped his Commodores career with an excellent senior season (averaging 9.2 points and nearly 6 rebounds per game), despite the unexpected death of his father, Tchamo, […]