The information on these pages was taken from the 2003 Opening Doors archived website.
Mr. Bill Baxley
The Honorable Bill Baxley 1963 law student, former attorney general and lieutenant governor of Alabama, now an attorney practicing in Birmingham. As attorney general, Baxley appointed the first African-American assistant attorney general, Myron Thompson, who later became a federal judge.
Mr. John Bivens
Student leader during the 1970s and among the first African American Association presidents, Mr. Bivens is today an attorney practicing in Tuscaloosa.
Scott Henry "Hank" Black Jr.
1963 Crimson White editor, who facilitated articles that documented the story of UA's integration. Mr. Black today is a media relations specialist for The University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dr. John L. Blackburn
1963 dean of men, who helped students participate in the University's desegregation and for whom the Blackburn Institute for Student Leadership is named. Retired from the University, Dr. Blackburn is now a higher education consultant based in Tuscaloosa.
Community leader and friend to James Hood, who was asked by federal officials to assist Mr. Hood during his efforts to desegregate the University. Today Mr. Blackmon continues in his profession as a barber in Tuscaloosa.
Terry Points Boney
Active in residence life and campus leadership, Ms. Boney became the University's first African-American homecoming queen in 1973. She is now a regional sales representative in Dallas, Texas.
The late former editor of The Tuscaloosa News, who received a Pulitzer Prize for his 1956 editorials in support of desegregation and decrying mob rule.
The Honorable Delores Boyd
In 1970 the first African-American member of the University's debate team. A practicing attorney since 1976, Ms. Boyd was recently appointed United States magistrate judge for the Middle District of Alabama, in Montgomery.
The Reverend Sylvester Croom Sr.
The late Tuscaloosa pastor and community leader who also served as chaplain for University athletes. Rev. Croom was the father of Sylvester Croom, an outstanding football player under Paul "Bear" Bryant, who is now running backs coach for the Green Bay Packers.
Morris S. Dees
A student leader in the late 1950s and co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Mr. Dees is an activist and attorney based in Atlanta and Montgomery.
Dr. Arthur Dunning
A member of the first class of African-American undergraduates following Vivian Malone Jones's graduation. Dr. Dunning now serves as vice president for public affairs and outreach at the University of Georgia.
The Honorable H. John England Jr.
One of the first African-American graduates of UA's School of Law, Mr. England is currently a member of The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees and is a judge in the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Autherine Lucy Foster
Autherine Lucy enrolled at UA in 1956. Her arrival on campus as the University's first African-American student was quiet, but an angry demonstration soon commenced. Ms. Lucy was helped to elude the crowd and escape from campus. Autherine Lucy Foster eventually returned to the University in the 1980s, and earned a master's degree in education in 1992.
Edna Miller Gardner
One of the first African-American master's students in 1966, Ms. Gardner is today a retired educator residing in Birmingham.
Attorney for the NAACP during the Montgomery bus boycott, who later represented Vivian Malone Jones and James Hood in their successful suit against the University trustees. He currently serves as president of the Alabama State Bar Association and is a practicing attorney with offices in Tuskegee and Montgomery.
The Reverend Emmet Gribbin
Retired pastor of Canterbury Episcopal Chapel, who displayed great courage during the violence associated with the enrollment of Autherine Lucy in 1956 and spoke against the hostility with which some greeted the enrollment of James Hood and Vivian Malone in 1963. Mr. Gribbin resides in Tuscaloosa.
Dean Sarah Healy
1963 dean of women, now deceased, who played a pivotal role in facilitating the enrollments of Autherine Lucy, James Hood, and Vivian Malone.
Dr. James Hood
James Hood, along with Vivian Malone, enrolled in the University in 1963. Mr. Hood moved to Detoit following a summer of unrelenting media attention, and went on to earn degrees from Wayne State University and Michigan State University. Mr. Hood returned to the University in 1995 and earned a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies in 1997.
Wendell Thomas Hudson
In 1969 the first African-American student-athlete to receive a scholarship to the University for men's basketball. Mr. Hudson is now athletic director for McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas.
In 1970 the first African-American student-athlete to receive a scholarship to the University to play football with the Crimson Tide. Mr. Jackson is today a businessman in Ozark, Alabama.
1963 residence hall director, who played a key role in facilitating the enrollment of James Hood and Vivian Malone. Mr. Jones is now an organizational development consultant, semi-retired, based in Hereford, Arizona.
The first African-American executive vice president of SGA and student representative to the UA board of trustees in 1975. The Sylvester Jones Leadership and Career Resource Center is named in memory of Mr. Jones, who passed away in 1997.
Vivian Malone Jones
Vivian Malone, along with James Hood, stepped through "the schoolhouse door" in 1963. She became the University's first African-American graduate in 1965. In 1996, Vivian Malone Jones retired after more than 30 years in various federal government positions, including director of civil rights and urban affairs and director of environmental justice for the EPA.
A student leader and founding member of the University's African American Association, Ms. Kirksey was the first African-American Bama Belle in 1968 and first African-American member of the homecoming court in 1969. Today she is a public school teacher in New York City.
1967 SGA president, a humanitarian and defender of human rights now practicing law in Atlanta.
The late Tuscaloosa community leader and prominent businessman, who publicly addressed the need to rally to the cause of law and order in his 1962 speech "The Price of Defiance."
Brenda McCampbell Lyons
An outstanding student who became the first African-American cheerleader in 1973, Ms. Lyons is a retired school administrator and lives in Tuscaloosa.
Dave Mack McGlathery
The first African-American to enroll at The University of Alabama in Huntsville on June 12, 1963, the day following the "stand in the schoolhouse door." Mr. McGlathery enrolled without incident and is now a minister and an aerospace engineer at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.
Joseph W. Mallisham
A community leader and the first African-American elected to the Tuscaloosa County Commission. In retirement in Tuscaloosa, Mr. Mallisham continues to be a vital member of the community.
Dr. David Mathews
UA president from 1969 to 1980, who was instrumental in building a diverse campus and who appointed the first African-American special assistant to the president. Dr. Mathews currently serves as president of the Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio.
John Mitchell Jr.
1972 UA All-American football player with the Crimson Tide who is now in his 24th season of coaching. Today Mr. Mitchell is defensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Honorable Constance Baker Motley
NAACP Legal Defense Fund attorney, who was the principal in the cases of Autherine Lucy, James Hood, Vivian Malone Jones, and Dave Mack McGlathery. She currently serves as a judge in New York Circuit Court.
Ozzie Newsome Jr.
1977 All-American football player from the Crimson Tide and humanitarian, who in 2002 became the first African-American general manager in NFL history as he took leadership of the Baltimore Ravens.
Kathy Elmore Sawyer
Leader of African-American Gospel Choir and charter member of one of the first African-American sororities at UA, who currently serves as the Commissioner of Mental Health for the State of Alabama.
Arthur D. Shores
The late Birmingham attorney who was lead counsel for Autherine Lucy and who worked with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund team to successfully desegregate the University.
Donald Wilbur Stewart
SGA president in 1963, who as a student leader invited James Hood to his lunch table in Paty Hall, thereby rallying students to assist Hood in his daily schedule. Mr. Stewart went on to serve as a United States senator and is now an attorney in Anniston.
Cleophus Thomas Jr.
In 1976, became UA's first and, thus far, only African-American SGA president. Mr. Thomas is a trustee emeritus of the University system, an attorney, and chairman and chief executive officer of the A.G. Gaston Corporation, headquartered in Birmingham.
Dr. Archie Lee Wade
One of the first African-American faculty members and a mentor to many students during the 1970s. Dr. Wade is now a professor emeritus of the University's College of Education who resides in Tuscaloosa.
Donald V. Watkins
Appointed by President David Matthews as special assistant in 1974, Mr. Watkins is now an attorney and businessman in Birmingham.
Dr. Joffre T. Whisenton
In 1966, the first African-American doctoral student to earn a Ph.D. from the University. Dr. Whisenton is now a higher education consultant based in Atlanta.