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James Hood, Integration Pioneer, Dies at Age 70

James A. Hood was the last survivor among the major figures in the standoff with Gov. George Wallace 50 years ago at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. He died on Thursday at the age of 70.


“James did a great thing for the University of Alabama,” said E. Culpepper Clark, former dean of the university’s College of Communication and Information Sciences and author of The Schoolhouse Door: Segregation’s Last Stand at the University of Alabama. “With Vivian Malone, he liberated the university to serve all the people of Alabama and thereby join the ranks of the nation’s flagship universities.”

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