Alabama Student Who Defied Segregation Dies
James Hood was one of two to stand up to George Wallace in 1963
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 18, 2013 5:51 PM CST
In this June 11, 1963, file photo, Vivian Malone and James Hood stand in the doorway of Foster Auditoriumistered at the University of Alabama.   (Uncredited)

(Newser) – One of the first black students who enrolled at the University of Alabama a half-century ago in defiance of racial segregation has died. James Hood of Gadsden was 70. Then-Alabama Gov. George Wallace made his infamous "stand in the schoolhouse door" in a failed effort to prevent Hood and Vivian Malone from registering for classes at the university in 1963.

Hood and Malone were accompanied by Deputy US Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach when they were confronted by Wallace as they attempted to enter the university's Foster Auditorium to register for classes and pay fees. Wallace backed down later that day, and Hood and Malone registered for classes.

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Jan 20, 2013 10:11 AM CST
Look how far Alabama has gone down the shitter since.
Jan 20, 2013 9:40 AM CST
Thank you James, you did this for all of us, regardless of color. We still have a long way to go.
Jan 19, 2013 11:42 AM CST
The University of Alabama owe you a debt of gratitude because you made them better by enrolling as a student and graduating an ambassador.......