The twentieth Century was marked by the gradual increase in the ability of African Americans to vote but was hard won. Alabama played a key role in slowing down the process with Governor George Wallace refusing to desegregate schools until the John F Kennedy sent in the National Guard. How brave those people were who faced the ugly hatred of their white neighbors!
Vivian Malone Jones arrives to enroll in classes at the University of Alabama
Dr. Sonnie Hereford and his 6 year old son return home
after being turned away from Huntsville's Fifth Avenue School
on Sept. 3, 1963. Six days later, Sonnie Hereford IV became the first
black child enrolled at a public school in Alabama.