Alabama commemorating 60th anniversary of desegregation this weekend

On June 11, 1963, Vivian Malone and James Hood enrolled at the University of Alabama following then Gov. George Wallace’s unsuccessful attempt to block their registration at Foster Auditorium. Dr. G. Christine Taylor who is Vice President and Associate Provost of Diversity Equity and Inclusion explained the importance of this historical moment on the University of Alabama campus.  

“This was a very significant and important piece not only for our campus but as well as for the state. I would argue for higher education as a whole because their presence here desegregated this campus,” said Dr. Taylor. 

A series of events will take place starting Sunday to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of the University of Alabama. An observance, which will conclude the Black Alumni Association’s  reunion weekend. It will be held June 11th at 11:30 a.m. at Malone-Hood Plaza, weather permitting. The event, which will be a time of reflection and celebration, will include music, a wreath laying at the Autherine Lucy Clock Tower and photo opportunities with the original doors to Foster Auditorium. In case of inclement weather, the observance will be held at 213 Bryant Conference Center. 

A concert will be held that evening at Denny Chimes at 6 p.m. on the Quad. Dr. Amir Zaheri, Associate Director of the UA School of Music and Denny Chimes carillonneur, will provide a musical tribute by playing the chimes. The concert is intended to be a time of campus and community fellowship and reflection.  

All activities are open to the public. More events commemorating the 60th anniversary will be held throughout the year and will be announced at later dates. 

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