In this WSB newsfilm clip from Atlanta, Georgia on January 16, 1961, Georgia House member A'Delbert Bowen from Randolph County, Georgia, condemns the faculty of the University of Georgia for signing a petition supporting the university's integration. Representative Bowen declares that the people of Randolph County feel that the university employees should remember their salaries are paid by taxpayers in the state. His comment is greeted with applause by the audience in the House of Representatives listening to his speech. Bowen continues by interpreting the resolution requesting the reinstatement of Holmes and Hunter signed by faculty members at the University of Georgia as a statement in favor of integration. He emphasizes that the faculty's statement also shows its lack of respect for the taxpayers, governor, and legislature of Georgia. In 1959, two African American students, Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter, applied for admission to the University of Georgia. Their request was denied based on "lack of space." After several more attempts to apply to the school were also rejected, lawyers for the students filed a federal lawsuit against the university. Federal judge William A. Bootle on January 6, 1961 ordered the University of Georgia to admit the students, prohibiting the school from rejecting applicants solely based on race. White students and citizens displeased with the ruling rioted in Athens, Georgia, on January 11, and Holmes and Hunter were suspended from the university "for their safety" and returned to Atlanta. Over three hundred faculty members who objected to the riot and wanted to keep the university open signed a petition requesting that Hunter and Holmes be reinstated into the university. Judge Bootle on January 13 ordered the students be reinstated and prohibited the university for suspending the students again based on the violence of others.
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Local identification number: Clip number: wsbn42491