James Hood, one of the first students to integrate and enroll at the University of Alabama in defiance to racial segregation, died at the age of 70. Hood was confronted by George Wallace and his infamous : “stand in the schoolhouse door” statement, but registered nonetheless at the university in 1963. He was the last survivor among the figures in this historic moment that helped defy segregation and change a nation. He eventually received his doctorate from the university.
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