A Brief History of the Civil Rights History of Huntsville, AL
A Brief Overview of the Civil Rights History of Huntsville, Alabama
Saturday, February 20th
Join us on February 20th at 2:00pm PT as we welcome guest speaker Sonnie W. Hereford IV, a 1979 graduate of Notre Dame, Senior Systems Engineer and Civil Rights Activist. The Notre Dame Clubs of Rochester, Los Angeles, and Northern Alabama are proud to jointly present this event in honor of Black History Month.
Hereford was born in 1957 in East Chicago, IN, and became the first black child to integrate into the Alabama Public School system in 1963. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Notre Dame in 1979, is the founder of the ND Alumni Association chapter in Huntsville, Ala., and has served on the ND Alumni Association National Board of Directors. In 2016, Sonnie Hereford Elementary School in Huntsville, Alabama, was opened and named for Hereford and his father, Dr. Sonnie Wellington Hereford III. Hereford currently works for Five Stones Research Corporation (Huntsville, AL) as a Senior Systems Engineer.
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For more information, check out these great resources:
- Spring 2007 ND Magazine article "My Walk Into History" by Sonnie Hereford IV
- Fr. Ted Said...Speaker Series June 2019 - Civil & Human Rights: Sonnie W. Hereford IV '79
- Beside the Troubled Waters: A Black Doctor Remembers Life, Medicine, and Civil Rights in an Alabama Town by Dr. Sonnie Wellington Hereford III (Sonnie's father) & Jack D. Ellis
- Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama by Hester Bass