The University of Alabama

UA Recognizes 50th Anniversary of Stand in the Schoolhouse Door

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UA student Tyler Merriweather stands before the doors that were in Foster Auditorium on June 11, 1963. Merriweather spoke on the topic of courage, praising the strength and bravery of those who helped make today’s opportunities possible for students.

Fifty years after the first two African-American students enrolled at The University of Alabama following then Gov. George Wallace’s unsuccessful “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door,” UA commemorated that historic day and celebrated 50 years of progress with a public program featuring speakers and musical performances. This commemoration, along with an interfaith prayer breakfast on June 7 and  a leadership conference for high school students on June 10, are part of a year-long recognition of the desegregation of the Capstone.

Dr. Judy Bonner, president of The University of Alabama, welcomed attendees who gathered in Foster Auditorium to recognize the anniversary of the Stand in the Schoolhouse Door.

Dr. Judy Bonner, president of The University of Alabama, welcomed attendees who gathered to recognize the anniversary of the Stand in the Schoolhouse Door. Alumni, students, faculty, staff, public officials and members of the community came together for a reception in the Malone-Hood Plaza and a program  in Foster Auditorium the evening of June 11.

Speakers for the evening addressed the theme for the year-long recognition: “Through the Doors. Courage. Change. Progress.” Interspersed throughout the program were musical selections by UA student Joshua Williams, accompanied by Dr. Noel Engebretson; and UA alumnus Dr. Everett McCorvey, accompanied by Dr. Tedrin Blair Lindsay.

Zaneta Lowe, UA alumna and TV journalist, described the changes the University community has seen since 1963. Another UA alumnus, Andre Taylor, who is also a past president of the UA National Alumni Association, addressed the audience on the topic of progress. Judge John England, UA alumnus and a member of The University of Alabama Board of Trustees, invited the audience to consider the opportunities and challenges that the next 50 years will hold.

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Dr. Everett McCorvey

Dr. Everett McCorvey

Zaneta Lowe

Zaneta Lowe

Andre Taylor

Andre Taylor

Judge John England

Judge John England