George Wallace

Autherine Lucy Foster degree
Zach Riggins / UA Strategic Communications

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Autherine Lucy Foster, the first African-American student to attend the University of Alabama, received an honorary doctorate degree Friday from the university where her presence brought mobs of protesters in 1956.

The Tuscaloosa News reported that Foster, 89 received the degree during graduation ceremonies. She enrolled at the all-white university in 1956. However, she was expelled three days later after her presence brought protests and threats against her life.

Foster received a standing ovation Friday, news outlets report.

Steve Flowers on Paul Hubbert Part 1

Jul 31, 2018

APR commentator Steve Flowers often talks about Alabama governors, U.S. senators and other political heavy hitters, but not every person who wields influence sits in the governor's mansion, the legislature or Capitol Hill. Steve offers this example from Alabam's education system...

Steve Flowers on John Patterson and Racism

Jun 28, 2018

John Patterson had been attorney general of Alabama at age 29. Wallace was making his first foray in the race for governor and so was Patterson. But Patterson became the candidate of the racists in the state...

Steve Flowers on Wallace's Last Term as Governor

Jun 21, 2018

When Wallace was elected in his last term as governor, I was elected my first term in legislature. Ironically, my district included Wallace's hometown of Clayton in Barbour County...

Steve Flowers on the 1966 Governor's Race Part Three

May 1, 2018

Ryan Degraffenried was going to win the governor's race, but of course, he died in a plane crash while campaigning; after Degraffenried's plane crash and death in February of 1966, the governor's race was wide open...

Steve Flowers on George Wallace Part Ten

Jan 3, 2018

Nobody will ever be governor of Alabama four or five times again. Wallace was in a class by himself when it came to politicians...

Steve Flowers on George Wallace Part Four

Nov 22, 2017

George Wallace was a legislative genius and master who used his skills to move most of his programs through the legislature. He knew the art of wooing and stacking legislators, and he had them eating out of his hand. ...

Steve Flowers on George Wallace Part Three

Nov 15, 2017

The words "political animal" were coined with George Wallace in mind; when you couple his desire with a unique, God-given ability to campaign, you have the ingredients for the ultimate political animal...

Steve Flowers on George Wallace Part Two

Nov 8, 2017

When George Wallace graduated from law school in 1942, the only job he could find was driving a dump truck for the state highway department in Tuscaloosa...

Steve Flowers on George Wallace Part One

Nov 1, 2017

George Wallace was born to a farming family like most people in that generation, in 1919. The young Wallace was born in Barbour County, the home of Alabama governors. He was destined to be the king of Alabama politics and the most prolific governor and politician in Alabama history...

Steve Flowers on Shorty Price

Oct 18, 2017

Alabama has had it's share of  run-for-the-fun-of-it candidates. Our most colorful of all these perennial candidates was Shorty Price...

Steve Flowers on Big Jim Folsom Part Seven

Aug 16, 2017

Those of us who have grown up in and around Alabama politics have coined a descriptive term for a person who is totally obsessed with seeking political office. The term I like to use to describe this person is named for the man who best exemplified this obsession - George Wallace...

Steve Flowers on "Big Jim" Folsom Part One

Jul 13, 2017

James E. "Big Jim" Folsom is by far Alabama's most colorful governor. Big Jim was only the second governor in the state's history to be elected to two four-year terms before George Wallace rewrote the history books...

Steve Flowers on First Monday Trade Days

Mar 23, 2017

First Monday Trade Day was a must event for any serious, statewide political aspirer, especially for the advent of television...

Former Governor Albert Brewer Dies at 88

Jan 3, 2017
Albert Brewer
Alabama Department of Archives

Former Alabama Governor Albert Brewer has died at the age of 88.

Brewer was known for reshaping Alabama’s public education system during a fill-in term as governor after the death of Lurleen Wallace, then championing constitutional reform as an elder statesman of Alabama politics.

Current Alabama Governor Robert Bentley released a statement yesterday saying the state had lost a great leader.

Wayne Flynt, an expert in Southern history at Auburn University, calls Brewer “the only governor we had who ever came close to being a ‘New South’ governor.”