James Hood: 5 Facts About a Civil Rights Hero

A half-century ago, George Wallace became famous – some might say infamous – for his pledge, as the governor of Alabama, to “stand in the schoolhouse door” if necessary to prevent African-Americans from getting an education in the same classrooms as whites, even if it meant defying President John F. Kennedy and the federal courts. While Wallace’s bluster made the headlines and history books, sadly, less attention has been paid to the object of his antipathy: James A. Hood, who, …