Three years in the making, this riveting saga – narrated by Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker – chronicles the daring, lonely journey of a uniquely gifted 17-year-old African American into the epicenter of Jim Crow racism.
Behind the scenes
Perry Wallace – and more than 50 eyewitnesses – take viewers for rare first-hand glimpses into what it was like to experience segregationist venom and painful isolation during a chaotic period of unprecedented societal upheaval.
Senior Contributing Writer, Sports Illustrated
Nicholas S. Zeppos
Chancellor, Vanderbilt University
Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated
History on the hardwood
Perry Wallace’s untold story provides a fresh lens on the dramatic struggle for racial equality in a hotbed of hostility during one of America’s most turbulent decades. His personal courage and sacrifice changed not only the SEC, but the entire South.
Perry Wallace’s personal odyssey took him from Nashville to New York and Washington. It also included dangerous detours into Mississippi and Alabama, where historic hatred and violence provided the backdrop for Perry’s trailblazing.