THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
On June 11, 1963, Vivian Malone Jones became one of two African-American students to enroll at the University of Alabama after first being barred at the door by the defiant governor, George Wallace.
Five days later, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the baccalaureate address and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at Keuka College.
The College will mark the 50th anniversary of those two events with a lecture by Dr. Sharon Malone, the younger sister of Vivian, Monday, April 22.
Malone will discuss “From Emancipation to Obama: An American Family” at 7 p.m. in Norton Chapel. Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and the political science and history program, it is free and open to the public.
“The courageous action of Vivian Malone and James Hood was a seminal moment in the civil right movement,” said Chris Leahy, associate professor of history. “Alabama was the last southern state to comply with the Warren Court’s instruction to integrate public schools ‘with all deliberate speed.’ Gov. Wallace, determined to take a stand against the federal government, defied a court order allowing Malone and Hood to register for classes at the state’s flagship university in Tuscaloosa. His ‘stand in the schoolhouse door’ and televised exchanged with Nicholas Katzenbach, President Kennedy’s deputy attorney general, not only made national news but remains one of the most remembered events in American history.”
In 1965, Vivian Malone became the first African-American to graduate from the University of Alabama. She died in 2005.
Sharon Malone regularly gives public lectures on her sister, the civil rights movement, and African American history. She was featured on the 2012 PBS documentary “Slavery by Another Name” and is the wife of Eric Holder, attorney general of the United States.
Malone is a partner with Foxhall Ob/Gyn and is consistently recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as one of “Washington’s Best Doctors.”
She serves on the boards of the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. She also serves on the regional panel for the selection of White House Fellows Program and was recently appointed to the selection committee for the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction awarded by the University of Alabama School of Law.
Malone graduated cum laude with a degree in psychology and social relations from Harvard University in 1981 and received her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1988.