ON THIS DAY: September 10

 

ON THIS DAY IN TEENAGE HISTORY (1963), sixteen-year-old Richard Walker became the first African American to attend Ramsay High in Birmingham, Alabama. Walker had been turned away from the school the day before when Gov. George Wallace had ordered state troopers to block the court-ordered integration of Alabama’s elementary and high schools. Walker recalled white students chanting “two four six eight. We don’t want to integrate” and said that “on at least two occasions, they caught people trying to bomb the house where I lived.” He would graduate from Ramsay High and the University of Alabama and become a physician.

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