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Miles College

Wallace era long gone, but not discrimination

The man who tried to assassinate George C. Wallace will soon be free after spending 35 years in a Maryland prison.

Arthur Bremer could be released before December because of time earned for good behavior. The recent announcement ignited a flood of memories for me.

Mr. Wallace was shot in Laurel while running for president in 1972. About three months later, the racist governor of Alabama was brought to a Birmingham hospital where I had a summer job. Spain Rehabilitation Center was known nationally for its work with spinal-cord-injury victims. Mr. Bremer's bullets had left Mr. Wallace paralyzed and forced him to abandon his presidential campaign.

I had one of those...