UA Honors First Black Scholarship Athlete
If you haven’t made plans to attend Alabama’s basketball game against LSU on Feb. 15, it may be one you want to pencil in.
The AP reports that the University of Alabama plans to honor Wendell Hudson, its first Black scholarship athlete, with the hanging of his No. 20 jersey in the rafters at Coleman Coliseum. In addition, a scholarship has been endowed in his honor. Full story.
For an institution which has a long-standing history of racial issues, this is another of many steps in a positive direction.
In 1963, then-Gov. George Wallace stood in the doors of Fosters Auditorium in attempt to block integration at the university. Not even a decade later, UA gave an athletic scholarship to Wendell Hudson. So, once progression had begun, it obviously took on a fast pace.
This is not to say that racism no longer exists or that it was no issues remain; but to only focus on the negative without acknowledging the positive is a great injustice in itself.