On June 11, 1963, Vivian Malone and James Hood walked through the doors of Foster Auditorium to enroll as students at The University of Alabama after Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace unsuccessfully attempted to block their enrollment.
That day changed Alabama and the nation, marking the beginning of school desegregation in the state and moving forward a comprehensive federal civil rights act.
The University remains committed to ensuring the day’s painful and triumphant events and the courageous individuals who stood up to injustice, discrimination and hate will never be forgotten.
UA's first African American student, Autherine J. Lucy was admitted. She was expelled three days later for her own safety in response to threats from a mob
The first sustained enrollment of African American students- Vivian J. Malone and James A. Hood- was achieved when the two enrolled on June 11.
Vivian Malone became the first African American graduate. She earned a degree in Commerce and Business Administration.
Autherine Lucy Foster graduated from the University with a master’s degree in education. The same day, her daughter, Grazia Foster, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in corporate finance.
James Hood returns to campus. The Black Faculty Staff Association announced the endowment of the Vivian Malone Jones Scholarship.
Vivian Malone Jones died Oct. 13. In 2022 the UA Culverhouse Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the UA Black Alumni Association established The Malone Awards to celebrate alumni excellence and support student success.
The University of Alabama honors the legacy of Autherine Lucy Foster, Vivian Malone Jones, and James Hood with the dedication of Malone-Hood Plaza and the Autherine Lucy Foster clock tower at Foster Auditorium on Nov. 3.
"One person can make a difference if that one person is committed to making a difference."
-James Hood, who died Jan. 17.
Autherine Lucy Hall was dedicated Feb. 9. In March, Autherine Lucy Foster died and a memorial service was held for her on campus.
Malone and Hood’s courage opened doors not only for Black students, but for all students, faculty and staff. The University has proudly grown increasingly diverse in many ways, including race, ethnicity, gender, religion, abilities and sexual orientation.
Fall 2022 saw record enrollment of students of ethnic and racial minorities with 8,542 students, a more than 2% increase from last year. This includes an all-time high of 4,344 Black students and 2,138 Hispanic students.