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Activism Across the Years
Evan Haskins provides insight into shifting race relations in the decades since Lucy, Malone and Hood stepped onto campus:
1963: A poll in the CW shows 34% of students viewed African Americans as inferior to Whites, and 61% opposed desegregation outright
1964: 10 black students are enrolled at UA, out of a student body of 9.000
1970s: Black student enrollment increases from 344 to 1716 in this decade; the first African-American student-athletes arrive on campus, first in men's basketball then in football; the first Black Homecoming Queen is crowned (by Gov. Wallace); Black students are elected vice-president and president of the Student Government Association in consecutive years; violence at Kent State inspires UA students to demonstrate "biracial solidarity" in front of the UA president's mansion (see photo).
1980s: Enrollment of Black students declines, as a percentage of the overall student body, during this decade.
2004: UA Faculty Senate formally apologizes for its history of institutional slavery; graves of slaves are noted on campus with memorial signage.
2011: Students hold the Not Isolated March to protest UA administration responses to act of racial bias (see photo)
2013: After white sorority members speak up about racial bias within rush selections, campus-wide activism leads to UA administration enacting Continuous Open Bidding to allow women of color to join historically white sororities.