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  • Black student who helped integrate University of Alabama dies

    01/18/2013 4:14:18 PM PST · by iowamark · 9 replies
    Yahoo, Reuters ^ | 1/18/2013 | Verna Gates
    One of the first black students to enroll at the University of Alabama 50 years ago, defying then-Governor George Wallace's pledge to block integration of the state's public schools, died on Thursday of natural causes, a funeral home said. James Hood, 70, died in his hometown of Gadsden, Alabama, according to his obituary notice published on Friday. Hood and Vivian Malone were the first African-American students to register to attend the all-white state university, and did so over the objections of a governor known for his resistance to the U.S. civil rights movement. Fifty years ago this week, on January...