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June 11, 2013 8:38 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

Fifty years ago today, the University of Alabama was desegregated when Governor George Wallace yielded to federalized National Guard troops and allowed Vivian Malone and James Hood to enroll. So here’s Alabama Shakes performing “Hold On” on Saturday Night Live a few months ago.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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