Milestones Oct. 24, 2005

DIED. VIVIAN MALONE JONES, 63, whose battle to enroll at the University of Alabama resulted, on June 11, 1963, in a now infamous "stand in the school-house door" by then Governor George Wallace; after a stroke; in Atlanta. Before stepping aside to allow Jones and fellow black student James Hood entry, Wallace railed against the federally ordered integration. Yet despite the pervasive racism that led Hood to transfer, Jones thrived, becoming the school's first African-American graduate in 1965. Jones, who got an apology from Wallace in 1986, later said she "had a responsibility ... to myself, my family and my people."


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