TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – It was 50 years ago that then Gov. George Wallace staged his “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” to prevent African-Americans from attending the University of Alabama.
On Tuesday, a racially integrated crowd will gather in Tuscaloosa to remember that landmark event of June 11, 1963.
The university will stage a commemoration Tuesday evening at Foster Auditorium, where Wallace faced down federal officials to oppose integration.
The event will honor the courage of Vivian Malone and James Hood, the two students who enrolled despite Wallace’s actions. The program will include talks about the importance of the event and the university’s progress since then.
Today the University of Alabama is about 13% African-American.
A memorial plaza honoring the school’s first minority students is now located at the site of Wallace’s stand.
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