Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

The Two Who Forced Wallace to Step Aside

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

The Two Who Forced Wallace to Step Aside

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TUSCALOSSA, Ala. - The recent death of former Alabama Governor George C. Wallace brought back memories - for the nation, and particularly for the higher education community - of his infamous 1963 "stand in the schoolhouse door." That stand was an attempt to prevent the enrollment of the first African American students to the University of Alabama.

Dr. James Hood and Vivian Malone, the two students to whom Wallace sought to deny admission, eventually were enrolled with the assistance of federal troops. Their enrollment marked the integration of the last major state university in the South. The two students eventually completed degrees at the University of Alabama. Malone, whose married name is Jones, earned her bachelor's degree in business in 1965. Hood, who did not get his undergraduate degree there, earned a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies in 1997.

Both Hood and Jones were unavailable for comments on Wallace's death. …

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