UA Marks 50th Anniversary of Wallace 'Stand'

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Tuscaloosa, Ala. It was 50 years ago that then-Gov. George Wallace staged his "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door" to prevent blacks from attending the University of Alabama.

A racially integrated crowd will gather in Tuscaloosa Tuesday evening to remember that landmark event of June 11, 1963. The commemoration is 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 black 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 percent black.

A memorial plaza honoring the school's first minority students is now located at the site of Wallace's stand.