What did integration at the University of Alabama mean for those who followed?

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Five decades ago, Vivian Malone Jones and James Hood broke the color barrier, opening the University of Alabama for thousands of black students to follow in their footsteps.

Those who would follow include Joffre Whisenton, the first black student to earn a Ph.D., and Kathy Elmore Sawyer, a charter member of one of the first black sororities who would go on to become the commissioner of the Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.

AL.com spoke to just a few of those graduates this week to get their take on the Stand in the Schoolhouse Door and what the University of Alabama has meant to their lives.

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