The Stand in the Schoolhouse Door took place at
Foster Auditorium at the
University of Alabama on June 11, 1963.
George Wallace, the
Governor of Alabama, in a symbolic attempt to keep his inaugural promise of "
segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever" and stop the
desegregation of schools, stood at the door of the auditorium to try to block the entry of two African American students,
Vivian Malone and
In response, President
John F. Kennedy issued Executive Order 11111, which federalized the
Alabama National Guard, and Guard General
Henry Graham then commanded Wallace to step aside, saying, "Sir, it is my sad duty to ask you to step aside under the orders of the President of the United States."
 Wallace then spoke further, but eventually moved, and Malone and Hood completed their registration. The incident brought Wallace into the national spotlight.