Change the name of Moore Hall to Wade Hall

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Change the name of Moore Hall to Wade Hall

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Christy Gordon started this petition to The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees

Colleagues, Students, Alumni, and Friends of the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Alabama:

We are reaching out today to request your support for a change of name for the building in which the Department of Kinesiology is housed on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Specifically, the majority of the faculty and staff in our department has proposed to the administration the renaming of our building from Moore Hall to Wade Hall, in honor of Dr. Archie Wade, the first African American faculty member at UA and former professor of Kinesiology. There is evidence that AB Moore, former dean of the graduate school and after whom our building is currently named, denied admission to African American students based on race (https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=FsfQCwAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PR7&dq=schoolhouse+door&ots=4ZBZe14-PI&sig=ADlxxJw7uNZ1DwOtzsBP9xURoCw#v=snippet&q=moore&f=false

We would like to give you more information regarding Dr. Archie Wade and his accomplishments. Dr. Wade was born in 1939 and lives in Tuscaloosa, AL. He worked at Stillman College in the 1960s. He was the first African American professor on the University of Alabama campus and was handpicked by President David Matthews to break the color barrier in the professoriate. He worked from 1970-2000 in what is now the Department of Kinesiology and paved the way for more African Americans to join the UA faculty. He had a successful minor league baseball career, and was one of three African Americans to integrate the football stadium in 1964, 5 years before the team was integrated. He was inducted into the YMCA Hall of Fame and the UA College of Education Hall of Fame and is revered by his students.

If interested, you can indicate support for the proposal by signing this petition. Time is of the essence, so if you plan to respond to this request, please do so ASAP.

Thank you for your consideration of this proposal.

Matthew Curtner-Smith, Ed.D., Professor, Department of Kinesiology,

Michael Fedewa, Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology,

Oleg Sinelnikov, Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology,

Elizabeth Woodruff, Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology,

Hayley MacDonald, Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology,

Colleen Geary, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology,

Jonathan Wingo, Associate Professor, and Department Chair, Kinesiology,

Elroy Aguiar, Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology,

Michael Esco, Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology,

Margaret Stran, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, and Associate Director of Adapted Athletics,

Brent Hardin, Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, and Director of Adapted Athletics,

Neika Morgan, Clinical Instructor, and Faculty Advisor, Department of Kinesiology,

Mark Richardson, Professor, Department of Kinesiology,

Kim Easterwood, Office Associate II, Department of Kinesiology,

Christy Gordon, Program Assistant, Department of Kinesiology,

The University of Alabama

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