In this silent WSB newsfilm clip from Athens, Georgia in January 1961, Charlayne Hunter, one of the first African Americans to attend the University of Georgia walks on campus. The clip begins with students, including Hunter, leaving Meigs Hall where Hunter's psychology class was held. As Hunter begins walking away from the building, a cameraman takes pictures. A man in a suit, possibly a plain-clothes police officer, watches her as she walks. Hunter passes the law school and enters the main library building. Finally, the science building is seen with a car parked in front of it. Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes first applied to the University of Georgia in July 1959. University officials claimed "lack of space" and refused to admit the two African American students for several quarters. In the fall of 1960, African American attorneys Donald Hollowell, Constance B. Motley, and Horace T. Ward filed a federal lawsuit seeking admission for the two students. Federal judge William A. Bootle on January 6, 1961 ordered the university to admit the two students, ending the university's segregation. Holmes and Hunter registered for classes January 9, and attended their first classes on campus January 11. Plain-clothes officers escorted Hunter and Holmes to class during the first weeks they were on campus.
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The Civil Rights Digital Library received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for digital conversion and description of the WSB-TV Newsfilm Collection.
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Cite as: WSB-TV newsfilm clip of African American student Charlayne Hunter walking on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, 1961 January, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 0967, 10:10/12:47, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Ga, as presented in the Digital Library of Georgia.