FROM THE PRESIDENT
|Dr. Robert E. Witt
On June 11, 1963, the eyes of the world were focused
on Tuscaloosa, Alabama, as two African-American students, Vivian
Malone and James Hood, enrolled at The University of Alabama despite
then-Governor George C. Wallace's "stand in the schoolhouse
door." June 11, 2003, will mark 40 years since that historic
event at Foster Auditorium, and we expect the world to look again
to Tuscaloosa on this landmark anniversary.
To salute the sacrifice and commitment of the courageous
individuals who took a stand for change at a crucial time in our
history, we have planned "Opening Doors," a three-day
event set for June 9-11, 2003. Through this commemoration, we look
to the example of these stalwart individuals as inspiration for
addressing the critical issues facing our communities today.
As part of "Opening Doors," we will recognize
40 outstanding "Pioneers" whose lives epitomize the principles
that were so crystallized by the events of 40 years ago. It would
be our honor if you would plan to join us.
Dr. Robert E. Witt
The University of Alabama