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Strong Inside

Strong Inside (Young Readers Edition): The True Story of How Perry Wallace Broke College Basketball’s Color Line

Age Level:
Middle Grade

When Perry Wallace enrolled in high school, his sensational jumping, dunking, and rebounding abilities quickly earned him the attention of college basketball recruiters from top schools across the nation. Following Vanderbilt University’s recruitment, he courageously accepted the assignment to desegregate the Southeastern Conference. The hateful experiences he would endure on campus and in the hostile gymnasiums of the Deep South turned out to be the stuff of nightmares. Yet Wallace persisted, endured, and met this unthinkable challenge head on. This insightful biography digs deep beneath the surface to reveal a complicated, profound, and inspiring story of an athlete turned civil rights trailblazer. 


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