February 7, 1956
Buford Boone, publisher of the Tuscaloosa News, wrote his Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial “What a Price for Peace.” Published the day after the University of Alabama expelled its first African American student, Autherine Lucy, the editorial denounced the university for submitting to the will of an angry mob. Despite negative publicity, threats, and even a lawsuit, Boone remained a voice of moderation throughout the civil rights movement as he called for an end to violence, condemned the Ku Klux Klan, and rebuked Gov. George Wallace. Boone passed away twenty-seven years to the date of the article on February 7, 1983.