University of Alabama to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Its Racial Desegregation

ThroughtheDoorslogoThe University of Alabama has announced plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the racial desegregation of the university. In 1956 Autherine Lucy enrolled in a graduate program but was suspended three days later for her own safety and she was later expelled. On June 11, 1963, Vivian Malone and James Hood, under the protection of federal marshals and the federalized Alabama National Guard, finally broke the racial barrier and enrolled as undergraduate students. That day, Alabama Governor George Wallace made a ceremonial stand in the schoolhouse door protesting the federal court order that called for the admittance of the Black students.

Throughout the year, the university will hold seminars, lectures, and other events to celebrate 50 years of racial diversity on campus. The university has debuted a new website that will publicize events associated with the anniversary.

Today, there are more than 3,000 African American undergraduate students on the Tuscaloosa campus. They make up 12 percent of the undergraduate student body.

The Stand in the Schoolhouse Door
The Stand in the Schoolhouse Door

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Pew Research Center Provides Insight into Share of Black-Owned Businesses in the United States

Through analyzing data from the United States Census Bureau and the National Science Foundation, the Pew Research Center found that Black-owned businesses make up 3 percent of companies and earn 1 percent of gross revenue in the United States.

Martin Lemellle Appointed the Eleventh President of Grambling State University

Dr. Martin Lemelle has been serving as executive vice president and chief financial officer at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Study Finds Elementary School Teachers More Likely to Discipline Black Boys than White Peers

“It is important to understand how race and racism shape children’s earliest school experiences,” wrote study author, Dr. Calvin Zimmerman. “Even for students as young as 6 years old, schools perpetuate existing social and educational inequalities.”

Johnnetta Betsch Cole Appointed President-In-Residence of the United Negro College Fund Capital Campaign

“With her immense expertise and passion for education, Dr. Cole will play a pivotal role in advancing the goals of our capital campaign and UNCF’s mission of ensuring equal access to higher education for underrepresented students of color,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and chief executive officer of the United Negro College Fund.

Featured Jobs