Through the Doors

On June 11, 1963, Alabama Governor George Wallace stood in front of UA's Foster Auditorium in an attempt to stop desegregation of that institution by the enrollment of two black students, Vivian Malone and James Hood. This became known as "The Stand in the Schoolhouse Door." Wallace stood aside only after being confronted by Nicholas Katzenbach, the deputy attorney general of the United States,federal marshals, and the Alabama National Guard. Katzenbach said to Mr. Wallace: "From the outset, Governor, all of us have known that the final chapter of this history will be the admission of these students." 2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of this historic event "Through the Schoolhouse Door"

The University of Alabama celebrates the 50th Anniversary of desegregation on campus "Through the Doors."

1956-01-01 00:00:00


UA's first African-American student, Autherine J. Lucy, was admitted. She was expelled three days later for her own safety in response to threats from a mob.

1963-01-01 00:00:00


The first sustained enrollment of African-American students — Vivian J. Malone and James A. Hood — was achieved when the two enrolled on June 11.

1965-01-01 00:00:00


Vivian Malone became the first African-American graduate. She earned a degree in commerce and business administration.

1966-02-01 00:00:00


Dr. Joffre Whisenton became the first African-American to earn a doctorate at UA.

1968-01-01 00:00:00


Dianne Kirksey was the first African-American Bama Belle. The first African-American member of the UA homecoming court in 1969

1969-02-01 00:00:00


Wendell Hudson was recruited by Head Basketball Coach C.M. Newtown and became the first black scholarship athlete in any sport at UA. Wilbur Jackson was the first African-American to sign as a scholarship player for the football team.

1970-01-01 00:00:00


Dr. Archie Wade was named the first African-American male instructor. Dr. Wade taught in the College of Education.

1970-02-01 00:00:00


John Mitchell was first African-American player to start a game for the football team.

1970-05-01 00:00:00


Dr. Lena Prewitt was appointed as the first African-American female professor. Dr. Prewitt taught in the College of Commerce and Business Administration.

1973-01-01 00:00:00


John Mitchell was the first African-American football assistant.

Through the Doors

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