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Opening the Doors

Opening the Doors
The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa

by B. J. Hollars

On the 50th anniversary of the successful integration of the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama Press has published "OPENING THE DOORS: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa" by B. J. Hollars of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

On June 11, 1963, George Wallace attempted to prevent Vivian Malone Jones and James Hood, two black students, from registering for classes at the University of Alabama. In his theatrical "stand in the schoolhouse door," Wallace gave Alabama and the nation just two choices: integration or "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever." The stark simplicity of Wallace's gesture, focused as it was on Malone and Hood, often overshadows the wider story of the sustained effort to end the segregation of public facilities in the city and county. Beginning earlier and continuing well into 1964, Tuscaloosa witnessed acts of both heroism and savagery on the way to integration.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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