In this silent WSB newsfilm clip from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia on January 16, 1961, Charlayne Hunter, one of the first African American students at the university, walks around campus as do white students; an unidentified white man appears to speak to reporters and hand out cards. The clip begins with students walking on the University of Georgia campus. Charlayne Hunter walks up the steps next to Meigs Hall, and cameramen observe the scene. Next reporters and cameramen speak to an unidentified white man who is wearing a hat. He appears to speak and hand out business cards. Finally, students again walk around campus; some watch from the windows of a building, possibly Old College. A man leaving a building holds the door open for Hunter as she passes.
Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes first applied to the University of Georgia in the summer of 1959 but were denied based on lack of space according to the university. After several other unsuccessful applications, lawyers for the two students filed a federal lawsuit against the university. 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; Hunter and Holmes began attending classes at the University of Georgia on January 10, ending 176 years of segregation.
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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.