In this WSB newsfilm clip from the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia in January 1961, House of Representatives members Byrom Mashburn Fitzgerald of Ludowici, Long County and Edgar Blalock of Jonesboro, Clayton County address a committee about the court-ordered integration of the University of Georgia. The clip begins with a portion of a statement by representative Fitzgerald who is speaking with his back to the camera. Next, representative Blalock reports that he had advised students at the university, but he is unsure of the impact of his counsel. He emphasizes that the federal courts have taken the matter of integration out of the hands of the Georgia legislature. African American students Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes first applied to the University of Georgia in the summer of 1959 but were denied, according to the university, based on lack of space. After several other unsuccessful applications, lawyers Donald Hollowell, Horace T. Ward, and Constance B. Motley filed a federal lawsuit against the university on behalf of the students. On January 6, 1961 federal judge William A. Bootle ordered the university to admit the students and to stop rejecting applicants solely based on race. State officials debated closing the university rather than integrating, but in the end choose to allow the university to integrate.
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Local identification number: Clip number: wsbn43212