In this silent WSB newsfilm clip from Athens, Georgia on January 16, 1961, the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity at the University of Georgia flies the Confederate flag at half-mast in response to the university's court-ordered integration, and students walk on campus. Students walk around various sections of campus, including Meigs Hall, headquarters of the psychology department and location of one of Charlayne Hunter's classes. Two fraternity houses on Lumpkin Street in Athens are seen; the Kappa Alpha Order house flies the Confederate battle flag at half-mast.
The first two African American students at the University of Georgia, Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes, were admitted to the university by court-order on January 6, 1961. White students and citizens unhappy with the schools integration rioted outside Hunter's dorm building on January 11. The university suspended Hunter and Holmes "for their own safety," but federal judge William A. Bootle who had ordered the university's integration ordered the students readmitted. Hunter and Holmes returned to campus and to classes on January 16; in response to their return, the Kappa Alpha Order flew the Confederate battle flag at half-mast as they had done on January 9 when the two students first came to the university to register for classes.
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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.