James A. Hood, who integrated the University of Alabama together with fellow student Vivian Malone, passed away Thursday at the age of 70. After Alabama Governor George Wallace denied Hood and Malone entry to the campus in June 1963, President Kennedy federalized the Alabama National Guard to help them safely register for classes. This event led President Kennedy to address the nation on civil rights on June 11, 1963, stating, “The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”

Pictured: James Hood at a 2008 Civil Rights forum at the Kennedy Library. (Tom Fitzsimmons/Kennedy Library Foundation)

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