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.

1973-02-01 00:00:00


Terry Points of Birmingham became the first African-American homecoming queen.

1973-03-01 00:00:00


Brenda McCampbell Lyons was the first African-American cheerleader.

1976-01-01 00:00:00


Cleo Thomas was elected the first African-American Student Government Association president.

1980-01-01 00:00:00


Walter Lewis was the first African-American to start at the position of quarterback.

1982-01-01 00:00:00


The University’s first African-American dean was Dr. James Ward, who was named dean of the School of Social Work.

1983-01-01 00:00:00


Cleo Thomas becomes a member of The University of Alabama Board of Trustees.

1991-01-01 00:00:00


Minor in African-American studies created.

1992-01-01 00:00:00


Autherine Lucy Foster graduated from the University with a master's degree in education. The same day, her daughter, Grazia Foster, graduated with a bachelor's degree in corporate finance.

1995-01-01 00:00:00


James Hood returned to campus. The Black Faculty Staff Association announced the endowment of the Vivian-Malone Jones Scholarship.

1997-01-01 00:00:00


James Hood received a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies. The first African-American studies program director was hired.

2000-01-01 00:00:00


Joseph Bryant, Class of 2001, is named the first African-American editor of the Crimson White.

2004-01-01 00:00:00


Dr. Samory Pruitt became the first African-American named as permanent vice president, serving as vice president for community affairs.

2004-01-01 00:00:00


Andre J. Taylor, a 1973 UA graduate, was the first African-American to serve as president of the National Alumni Association, 2004-2005

2005-01-01 00:00:00


Foster Auditorium, site of the Stand in the Schoolhouse door, is named a National Historic Landmark.

2009-01-01 00:00:00


A shared program of instruction for a major in African-American studies with UA and UAB is approved.

2009-01-01 00:00:00


Anthony Grant becomes the first African-American head coach of the men’s basketball team.

2011-01-01 00:00:00


UA was the No. 2 public flagship university in the nation in the enrollment of African-American students, with African-Americans representing more than 12 percent of the student body in Fall Semester 2011.

2013-01-01 00:00:00


A year-long recognition of the 50th anniversary of desegregation is held.

Through the Doors

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