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Condoleeza Rice Secretary of State, Titusville Condoleeza Rice was born on November 14, 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama. She entered the University of Denver at age 15 and graduated in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in political science and went on to receive her master's, doctorate, and several honorary degrees.

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Emory O. Jackson stared down racial lines and bleak tradition as the "Voice of Black Birmingham," serving as the managing editor of the Birmingham World and Executive Secretary of Birmingham's NAACP chapter. He pursued economic and educational equality and fought against voter apathy through black suffrage participation for over thirty years. Read more in "Emory O. Jackson: The Voice of Black Birmingham" by Mary Stanton, Alabama Heritage, Spring 2008, Issue 88. #AlabamaHistory #Birmingham

On August 21, 1864 Brigadier General John Caldwell Calhoun Sanders died at age 24. Born in Tuscaloosa, Sanders grew up in Clinton and attended the University of Alabama before enlisting in the 11th Alabama Infantry. He died during the Battle of Globe Tavern. (Photo courtesy of the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, The University of Alabama) ‪#‎alabamahistory #CivilWar

Amidst the gold-miners and treasure-hunters flooding post-Civil War Alabama, Eugene Allen Smith strived to propel the state into modernity through natural resource harvest. The state geologist visioned a reconstructed state, and while not always acknowledged, his expertise introduced many to the state's natural wealth. Read more in "The Dreamers and the Realist" by Aileen Kilgore Henderson, Alabama Heritage, Spring 2012, Issue 104. #AlabamaHistory #geology

Nat "King" Cole Singer and Piano Player, Montgomery Nathaniel Adams Coles (he later dropped the s) was born in Montgomery, Alabama on March 17, 1919. Cole's mother, Perlina, taught him to play the piano; by age 12 he was playing organ and singing in his father's church.

Mobile native John Mitchell, at age 20, became the first black assistant coach in Alabama college football under UA's Paul "Bear" Bryant, and he went on to a successful coaching career in the National Football League. (Photo of John Mitchell courtesy Paul W. Bryant Museum)

In 1827 the state university was established at Tuscaloosa. On 18 April 1831 the University of Alabama began operations and enrolled 52 students.  In 1860 the University of Alabama became a military university. In 1865 Union troops known as Croxton's Raiders burned all but four of the University's buildings. President's Mansion, University of Alabama

Jim Nabors Actor and Singer, Sylacauga Jim Nabors was born on June 12th, 1933, in Sylacauga, Alabama. Andy Griffth cast Nabors as Gomer Pyle, Mayberry's gas station attendant in The Andy Griffith Show (1960 to 1964). Nabors then began his own series, Gomer Pyle USMC. After Gomer ended, Nabors was given his own variety show, The Jim Nabors Hour, where he displayed his singing abilities.

TALLULAH BACKHEAD, Actress, was born in Huntsville, AL on Jan. 31, 1902, to William Brockman Bankhead and Adelaide Eugenia Sledge. Blood poisoning, a complication of pregnancy, took the life of Adelaide just a few weeks after the birth of her daughter. The Bankheads were a political family; Grandfather John Hollis Bankhead was in Congress for 18 years before being elected to the U.S. Senate, where he served until his death in 1920...

Dr. Thomas Owen, head of state archives, desired to create the Gold Star Collection, a project to recognize Alabamians who served during WWI. His death and other matters postponed the project for eighty years until Sam Duvall told the stories of the "Gold Star" boys in his work honoring Alabama's part in the Great War. "Alabama and World War One: The Gold Star Collection" by Sam Duvall, Alabama Heritage, Spring 2004, Issue 72 #alabamahistory #WWI