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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A historic day is being remembered at the University of Alabama.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Stand in the Schoolhouse Door. That is when former Governor George Wallace attempted to stop two black students from enrolling at the university by standing in the doorway of Foster Auditorium.

The governor stepped away when President John F. Kennedy ordered the students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, to be let inside.

The University of Alabama has been marking this milestone all year long with events celebrating the changes that have happened at the university in the past 50 years. One of those events brought high schools students from across Alabama to the Capstone on Monday for a conference about how to make change happen. Reverend Kelvin Croom, a long time Tuscaloosa educator and pastor and former Alabama football player during the 1970s, talked to the group about his personal experiences growing up in Tuscaloosa during the civil rights movement. His family knew George Wallace personally.

Fifty years after it was the scene of the Stand in the Schoolhouse Door, Foster aAditorium will host a program tonight called "Through the Doors: Courage, Change, Progress. It begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Malone Hood Plaza. Then, the program featuring current UA students and alumni and musical performances will begin inside Foster Auditorium at 6 p.m.

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