Huntsville Revisited- David McGlathery
McGlathery nearly beat James Hood and Vivian Malone, who were the first black students to attend the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, at integrating the University of Alabama system, but delays pushed his enrollment back. On June 13, 1963 – two days after then-Gov. George Wallace took his infamous stand in the schoolhouse door, trying to block Hood and Malone’s entrance into the building – McGlathery quietly ended segregation at the Huntsville campus.
McGlathery eventually earned a master’s degree in systems engineering management from the Florida Institute of Technology campus at Redstone Arsenal.
In 2003, on the 40th anniversary of his role in desegregating the university, he was described as a senior aerospace engineer and the longest-serving black employee at Marshall.
He also spent more than 40 years serving as pastor of Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Harvest.