- Cullman, Alabama

June 3, 2013

UA to mark 50th anniversary of Wallace 'stand'

Associated Press


The University of Alabama this month is marking the 50th anniversary of then-Gov. George Wallace's "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door" against racial integration.

The university will hold a prayer breakfast on Friday in Tuscaloosa to reflect on the role of the faith community in the civil rights movement.

Another program will be held on June 11 at Foster Auditorium, where Wallace faced down federal authorities with his choreographed stand to oppose black students registering at Alabama.

The event at Foster will honor the two students who enrolled at the university on June 11, 1963, James Hood and Vivian Malone. Today, the university's student body is almost 13 percent black.

Wallace served four terms as governor and later apologized for his actions during the civil rights era.