Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Malone Hood Plaza
The Malone-Hood Plaza is dedicated to the courage and values of those who bore the burden of the struggle. The University of Alabama honors their actions and the actions of all who work to break down barriers and overcome obstacles in the pursuit of education.
November 3, 2010
The University of Alabama
Vivian Malone stepped through the schoolhouse door on June 11, 1963. She became the University’s first African-American graduate on May 30, 1965, when she received a B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration. She received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters on August 12, 2000. Her sacrifice, courage and commitment to simple justice guaranteed educational opportunities for all students.
“There will come a day in your life when you must act for others… and you must be ready. You must be bold, have courage and walk through a door that leads to opportunity for others.” Vivian Malone
“My response to fear is: do it anyway. Let nothing stop you. You have to push forward.” Autherine Lucy
James Hood officially desegregated The University of Alabama on June 11, 1963, when he walked into Foster Auditorium to enroll in classes. While he left the University before completing his undergraduate degree, he returned to campus and earned a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies on May 17, 1997. Because he believed in himself and in the power of his dreams, he opened the doors of opportunity for others.
“One person can make a difference if that one person is committed to making a difference.” James Hood
Erected 2010 by The University of Alabama.
Location. 33° 12.492′ N, 87° 32.639′ W. Marker is in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in Tuscaloosa County. Marker is at the intersection of 6th Avenue Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the Foster Auditorium, Building # 7059 on the Campus of The University of Alabama. Marker is in this post office area: Tuscaloosa AL 35487, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site Of The Stand In The Schoolhouse Door / Foster Auditorium, 1939 (a few steps from this marker); Druid City Hospital School Of Nursing (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The President's Mansion (about 800 feet away); Sigma Alpha Epsilon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Denny Chimes (approx. 0.2 miles away); University of Alabama (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kappa Delta (approx. ¼ mile away); University of Alabama Civil War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuscaloosa.
Also see . . . Dedication of Malone-Hood Plaza & Autherine Lucy Clock Tower. (Submitted on November 13, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
Categories. • Civil Rights • Education • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,190 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 13, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.