Through the Doors

Through the Doors logoCommemorating the 50th Anniversary of Desegregation at The University of Alabama


The College of Arts and Sciences joins the rest of the University community in celebrating the June 11, 1963, enrollment of the first African-Americans at The University of Alabama.

We’re sponsoring a variety of exhibits, performances, and lectures commemorating the 50th anniversary of desegregation and the contributions of African-Americans to our institution, state, and nation as well as to the various scholarly disciplines comprising the College. This page provides a complete-to-date listing of the College’s Through the Doors events. Check back often — events and information will be added throughout the year. 

Student Perceptions of Race Relations at the University of Alabama: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives: A Symposium in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of Desegregation at UA
November 6, 1–4 p.m.
205 Gorgas Library

“It Don’t Stop: The Promise of Hip-hop and Black Politics”
Dr. Lester Spence, Johns Hopkins University
November 8, 2 p.m.
205 Gorgas Library

“Diversity of the World and Intercultural Connection”
November 13 (International Education Week), 3–4:30 p.m.
B.B. Comer Hall

“Shakespeare and American Integration” symposium
November 15-16
Bryant Conference Center

Coming in Fall 2013

“Hands on the Freedom Plow: Reflections on the Black Freedom Movement”

Completed Events

Trip to the Civil Rights Institute
February 24
520 16th St. N., Birmingham, AL 35203

“Integration Now, Integration Tomorrow, and Integration Forever”
March 15, 6:00 p.m.
208 Gordon Palmer Hall

Desegregation Now, Desegregation Forever: a Forum on the 50th Anniversary of Integration
March 18, 7 to 9 p.m.
223 Lloyd Hall

Presentation and Fireside Chat by Dr. Dolores Battle
April 5, 11:00 a.m.
Rooms B and C Child Development Research Center

Where We Stand: a One-Day Research Conference
April 5; events at 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 5:15 p.m.
110 AIME Building
Event website

Meet the Capstone  Recruitment Day
April 9
Ferguson Student Center

Concert: Symphonic Band and Concert Band 
April 15, 7:30 p.m.
Moody Music Building
Tickets: or (205) 348-7111

Migration/s, Paul R. Jones American Art Collection 
March 7 through April 19
Exhibit opened March 5; reception held March 7
Paul R. Jones Gallery, 2308 Sixth Street, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Show Boat 
April 15-21; 7:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 2:00 p.m. Sunday
Gallaway Theatre, Rowand-Johnson Building
Tickets: or (205) 348-3400

Diversity Awareness Symposium: Highlighting Research and Collaboration in STEM
April 27, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Shelby Hall
Event website

Wilbur Rich: “Growing Up in Segregated Montgomery”
September 18, 2:00 p.m.
Ferguson Forum

Trip to Montgomery: Women in the Civil Rights Movement 
Montgomery, Alabama
September 19 and 20

Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre Fall Showing
October 1-4
Morgan Auditorium

Seven Guitars 
October 7-13; 7:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 2:00 p.m. Sunday
Gallaway Theatre, Rowand-Johnson Building
Tickets: or (205) 348-3400

“If This Is America”: Lecture by Leonard Pitts Jr.
October 8, 12:00 p.m.
223 Little Hall

Letter from Birmingham Jail
October 14, 7:30 p.m.
Morgan Auditorium

Dr. Winifred Bragg, MD
October 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
205 Smith Hall