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Excerpt: "For so long, it's gone down in a negative way, it's gone down in the way we portray that event as a 'stand in the schoolhouse door.' The press picked it up that way, which to me was a negative," said Jones. "What I was hoping and hoping will happen .... is that we celebrate the opening of the door, not the stand, not the attempt to close the door."
E. Culpepper "Cully" Clark, whose 1993 book "The Schoolhouse Door: Segregation's Last Stand at the University of Alabama" is the definitive account of the history of the event, said that in the long run Jones' hope has been realized.
"There is no debate that because of what Vivian and Jimmy Hood did that June day fifty years ago that Alabama – the state and 'The University' – became better places to live and learn," said Clark, who spent 30-plus years at UA teaching and in senior administrative positions before leaving in 2007 to become dean of the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.