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UA announces plans for 50th anniversary of desegregation

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TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

The University of Alabama is making plans to remember an important part of university's history. Today the school announced plans for the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of the university.

The university says the events will recognize the courage and dedication of the two African-American students who enrolled in the University on June 11, 1963, as well as the University‘s ongoing commitment to change over the past 50 years and its commitment to continued progress in the next 50 years.

"It was one of the deepest and most profound changes in the history of the state of Alabama as well as the University of Alabama," UA professor Dr. Arthur Dunning said today.

"So it is indeed important for us to take a look back 50 years ago, what happened and also try to understand the implications of what we need to be doing for the future," Dunning added. He and his wife, UA professor Karen Baynes Dunning, are co-chairs of the 50th anniversary committee.

Find out more at www.ThroughTheDoors.ua.edu.

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