This Day in History

On June 11, 1963, one of the most significant events of the American Civil Rights Movement occurred when Governor George Wallace famously stood in the doorway of the University of Alabama in an attempt to block the enrollment of two African American students, Vivian Malone and James Hood. This standoff was resolved when President John F. Kennedy federalized the Alabama National Guard to ensure the students could register. The desegregation of the University of Alabama became a pivotal moment in the struggle against racial segregation and discrimination in the United States.