EVENTS AND EXHIBITS
Monday, January 13, 2004
UA will host a joint videoconference with the Universities
of Georgia and Mississippi to reflect on the 40th anniversary commemorations
and discuss the future of race relations.
UGA and UM to Reflect on 40th Anniversaries of Desegregation, Look
to Future at Jan. 13 Videoconference — UA News
Wednesday, June 11, 2003
The African-American Gospel Choir Reunion-Rehearsal
was held at 10:00 a.m. at the Baptist Student Union.
The Youth Program was held from 1:00 to 2:00
p.m. at the Ferguson Center Theatre. The event included Zaneta Lowe,
Director of Public Relations for Tuscaloosa City Schools, as Master
of Ceremonies; welcomes from Dr. Kathleen Cramer, Associate Vice
President for Student Affairs, and Katie Boyd, President of the
Student Government Association; student skits; and introduction
of essay and art contest winners.
The Opening Doors Symposium: Reflections from African-American
Alumni, 1956-2000 was held from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at the Ferguson
Center Theatre. The event included Valeria Cummings, WKYT-TV Anchor
in Lexington, Ky., as Master of Ceremonies; Dorsey Blake, Religious
Studies faculty member in the 1970s, as moderator; and panelists
representing each decade from the 1950s through the 2000s.
The Community Celebration on the Quad was held
from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the UA Quad. The event included Thomas
L. Coley Jr., Tallapoosa County Commission District 1, as Master
of Ceremonies; Tuscaloosa City Schools Festival Arts Chorus; Hillcrest
High School Cheerleaders; Shelton State Community College Theater
Group; Holt High School Choral Group; Central High School Band;
African-American University of Alabama Alumni Reunion Gospel Choir;
recognitions and announcements; and display of the Opening Doors:
Pioneers photographic exhibit. Opening
The 7:30-8:00 p.m. — Procession to Foster
8:00-9:30 p.m. — Candlelight Vigil at Foster
Auditorium and Culminating Program were held from 7:30 to 9:30
p.m. The event included Dr. Harold Bishop, Professor in the College
of Education, as Master of Ceremonies; welcome from UA President
Dr. Robert E. Witt; speaker introduction by Walter Bell, Insurance
Commissioner of the State of Alabama; speaker Vivian Malone Jones;
reflections from the community; and closing remarks by Alabama Governor
Bob Riley and Dr. Witt.
Tuesday, June 10, 2003
Opening Doors: Segregation, Civil Rights, and Beyond
at The University of Alabama — this exhibit was launched
to coincide with the "Opening Doors" events and remained
on display until Sept. 26 at the W.S. Hoole Special Collections
Library. Opening Doors Exhibits
Opening Doors: Pioneers — this photographic
exhibit was on display throughout the day at the Bryant Conference
Center. Opening Doors Exhibits
Media and the Moment: Images of the Schoolhouse
Door was held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Bryant Conference
Center. The event included welcome and introductions by Dr. E. Culpepper
Clark, Dean of the UA College of Communication and Information Sciences,
and moderator John Cochran of ABC News; a viewing of "Crisis,"
the famous documentary of the Kennedy-Wallace confrontation over
desegregation at UA; and speakers on the topics of "Documenting
the Moment," "Politics and the Moment," and "Reporting
A News Conference was held at 2:00 p.m. at
the Bryant Conference Center.
The Pioneer Scholarship Dinner and Gala was
held at 6:00 p.m. at the Bryant Conference Center. The event included
Keisa Sharpe, ABC 33/40 News Anchor, as Master of Ceremonies; welcome
from UA President Dr. Robert E. Witt; recognition of committee members
and pioneers; and reflections from Pioneers.
The Pioneer Recognition Program was held at
8:00 p.m. at the Moody Music Concert Hall. The event included keynote
speaker Robert Kennedy Jr.; Dr. Culpepper Clark, Dean of the UA
College of Communication and Information Sciences, as Master of
Ceremonies; remarks by UA President Dr. Robert E. Witt; and a video
tribute to the pioneers.
Monday, June 9, 2003
The Opening Doors Reception was held from 6:00
to 7:30 p.m. at the Jemison House. The event was attended by pioneers,
community leaders, committee members, volunteers, alumni, and others.