UA to Commemorate 60th Anniversary of Desegregation

An historical photo two African American students surrounded by law enforcement, officials and media as they register for classes at The University of Alabama.
Vivian Malone, center in a white dress, and James Hood, on her left holding a briefcase, outside Foster Auditorium on June 11, 1963. Photo from Alabama Department of Archives and History, donated by Alabama Media Group. Photo by Robert Adams, Birmingham News.

Post updated to reflect inclement weather location and the cancelation of the Chimes concert Sunday evening.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A series of events commemorating the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of The University of Alabama is scheduled to begin June 11.

On June 11, 1963, Vivian Malone, later Vivian Malone Jones, and James Hood enrolled at the University following then Gov. George Wallace’s unsuccessful attempt to block their registration at Foster Auditorium, transforming the Capstone by helping provide educational opportunities for all.

An observance, which will conclude the Black Alumni Association’s reunion weekend, will be held June 11 at 11:30 a.m. The event, which will be a time of reflection and celebration, will include music, a laying of a wreath and photo opportunities with the original doors to Foster Auditorium. Due to the threat of inclement weather, the observance will be held at 213 Bryant Conference Center.

A concert scheduled for that evening at Denny Chimes will be rescheduled.

On June 12, the film “Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment” documenting the events of June 11, 1963, will be shown at 1:30 p.m. in Foster Auditorium. Dr. John Giggie, director of the UA Summersell Center for the Study of the South, will lead a discussion following the film. Refreshments will be provided.

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

For a historical perspective and more information, visit the UA 60th anniversary of desegregation website.

The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus. A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.


Deidre Stalnaker, UA Strategic Communications,, 205-348-8718