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WSB-TV newsfilm clip of white students at the University of Georgia signing petitions requesting that the state legislature keep the school open after court-ordered integration in Athens, Georgia, 1961 January 8

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Creator:WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
Title:WSB-TV newsfilm clip of white students at the University of Georgia signing petitions requesting that the state legislature keep the school open after court-ordered integration in Athens, Georgia, 1961 January 8
Date:1961 Jan. 8
Description:

In this silent WSB newsfilm clip from Athens, Georgia in January 8, 1961, unidentified white students at the University of Georgia sign a petition to the state legislature requesting the university stay open after court-ordered integration. In the clip, a male student sitting on his bed signs the petition. Another student hands the petition to someone else, who then signs 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. On January 8, several hundred white students gathered at the chapel on campus and signed a petition asking the legislature not to close the now-integrated university; the petition with 2,600 signatures was presented to Frank Twitty of the House of Representatives the next morning.

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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.

Types:Moving images | News | Unedited footage
Subjects:College students--Georgia--Athens | African American college students--Georgia--Athens | College integration--Georgia--Athens | Petitions--Georgia--Athens | Dormitories--Georgia--Athens | College integration--Georgia--Athens--Public opinion | Public opinion--Georgia--Athens | Segregation in education--Georgia--Athens | University of Georgia--Students--Attitudes | Athens (Ga.) | Clarke County (Ga.)
Collection:WSB-TV Newsfilm Collection
Institution:Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
Contributors: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 0 min.): black-and-white, silent ; 16 mm.

Original found in the WSB-TV newsfilm collection.

Rights and Usage:

WSB-TV newsfilm clip of white students at the University of Georgia signing petitions requesting that the state legislature keep the school open after court-ordered integration in Athens, Georgia, 1961 January 8, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 0970, 2:46/03:14, 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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Persistent Link to Item:http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/crdl/id:ugabma_wsbn_43205