UA set to commemorate 50th anniversary of stand in the schoolhouse door


[lin_video src=×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1370560403&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4087113&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1370560403 type=script]TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — The University of Alabama is set to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the University’s desegregation.

there are two events planned, as well as, a special program for high school students around the state.

On Friday there is the Interfaith Prayer Breakfast at Sellers Auditorium in the Bryant Conference Center. The breakfast kicks off at 7:30 a.m.

The program is to celebrate the role of the faith community on the civil rights movement.

The master of ceremonies will be Rev. Christopher Spencer, Community Development director in UA’s Center for Community Based Partnerships.

On Saturday there is the Champions of Change conference. The conference will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Rast Room of the Bryant Conference Center.

This is an educational program set up for high school students from around the state who have been nominated by their high schools to participate.

It is also the only event not open to the public.

Lastly there’s the event entitled “Through the Doors: Courage. Change. Progress”

The program, which kicks off at 6 p.m. on Tuesday June 11th, is designed to recognize and honor Vivian Malone and James Hood, the two African-American students who enrolled at UA fifty years earlier.

It is also set to show the University’s commitment to change over the past 50 years.

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