‘Triumph’ tells story of racism, reconciliation

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The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society screens director Rich Gentile’s film, “Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace,” on Thursday, July 5, at 4 pm at the Strand Theater in Oak Bluffs. It’s the story of the first black varsity athlete to compete in the Southeastern Conference in the 1960s. A trailblazing black athlete, Wallace’s story is told through a unique window of collegiate sports during a tumultuous time in U.S. history.

Gentile is the founder of Black Sheep Stew, a production company focused on storytelling and online games and app production. He’s produced venue coverage for two Olympic games, and lead-in and promotion pieces for Super Bowls, the World Series, and NBA championships.

Ambassador Andrew Young, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, sports

sociologist Dr. Harry Edwards, Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, and civil rights pioneer the Rev.

James Lawson help tell Wallace’s story. The production also includes songs by Roots and Nina Simone.

For ticket information, visit mvfilmsociety.com.