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WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Georgia House of Representatives member A'Delbert Bowen condemning the faculty at the University of Georgia for signing a petition supporting the university's integration in Atlanta, Georgia, 1961 January 16

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Creator:WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
Title:WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Georgia House of Representatives member A'Delbert Bowen condemning the faculty at the University of Georgia for signing a petition supporting the university's integration in Atlanta, Georgia, 1961 January 16
Date:1961 Jan. 16
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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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Types:Moving images | News | Unedited footage
Subjects:Bowen, A'Delbert, 1919-1981 | Legislators--Georgia--Attitudes | Petitions--Georgia--Athens | College integration--Georgia--Athens | Segregation in education--Georgia--Athens | School integration--Massive resistance movement--Georgia | College integration--Georgia--Athens--Public opinion | Public opinion--Georgia--Athens | Georgia. General Assembly. House of Representatives | University of Georgia--Faculty--Attitudes | Atlanta (Ga.) | Fulton County (Ga.) | Athens (Ga.) | Clarke County (Ga.)
Collection:WSB-TV Newsfilm Collection
Institution:Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
Contributors:Bowen, A'Delbert, 1919-1981 | Digital Library of Georgia | Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection | Civil Rights Digital Library Collection (Digital Library of Georgia)
Online Publisher:Athens, Ga. : Digital Library of Georgia and Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, University of Georgia Libraries | 2007
Original Material:

1 clip (about 1 min.): black-and-white, sound ; 16 mm.

Original found in the WSB-TV newsfilm collection.

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WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Georgia House of Representatives member A'Delbert Bowen condemning the faculty at the University of Georgia for signing a petition supporting the university's integration in Atlanta, Georgia, 1961 January 16, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 0935, 45:53/46:52, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga, as presented in the Digital Library of Georgia.

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