It is easy to forget the foot soldiers who did so much to make the world better. On MLK day, let’s also remember others.
James A. Hood, who integrated the University of Alabama in 1963 together with his fellow student Vivian Malone after Gov. George C. Wallace capitulated to the federal government in a signature moment of the civil rights movement known as the “stand in the schoolhouse door,” died on Thursday in Gadsden, Ala. He was 70.
Although he left Alabama and ultimately went to Wayne State in Detroit, he returned to UA to get a doctorate degree. Vivian Malone died in 2005. A generation of quiet giants, of legendary courage is leaving us. We honor them all.