Mobile in Mobile County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Vivian Malone Jones
July 15, 1942 - October 13, 2005
On May 30, 1965, Vivian Malone, became the first African-American to graduate from the University of Alabama. To achieve admission at the all-White university, she was forced to confront then Governor, George C. Wallace, in what has become known as "The Stand at the Schoolhouse Door." Supported by President John F. Kennedy, Attorney General Robert Kennedy and the National Guard, she and James Hood enrolled on June 11, 1963. Vivian's courage, tenacity, self-confidence and intelligence enabled her to overcome extraordinary obstacles, culminating in her historic graduation.
Mrs. Vivian Malone Jones' career began with the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C. She was a national advocate and spokesperson for Civil Rights, Environmental and Social Justice, Voter's Rights and Women's Health Initiatives. The Vivian Malone Jones Endowed Scholarship for Diversity is awarded annually to a deserving student at the University of Alabama.
Born in Monroe County, Alabama and a graduate of Central High School in Mobile, Mrs. Jones gave the commencement address to the
"There will come a day in your life when you must act for others, your family, perhaps your community, and you must be ready! So, take from all the books you have read, all the lessons you have learned, the certain knowledge that one day, any day, you must be bold, have courage and walk through a door that leads to opportunity for others."
Erected 2017 by Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail.
Location. 30° 41.491′ N, 88° 3.235′ W. Marker is in Mobile, Alabama, in Mobile County. Marker is on St. Anthony Street west of North Scott Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 758 St Anthony Street, Mobile AL 36603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.S. Marine Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); Mobile City Hospital (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); John L. LeFlore (about 800 feet away); Joseph (Joe) N. Langan (about 800 feet away); St. Louis Street Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Convent of Mercy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Caldwell School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Creole Firehouse #1 (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mobile.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on Vivian Malone Jones. (Submitted on December 12, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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