Ralph Long, Jr., 17 in September 1961, integrated Georgia Tech that year along with Ford Greene and Lawrence Williams. He had excelled in academics and athletics at Turner High School in Atlanta, and turned down scholarships to other colleges to attend Tech. He later transferred to other colleges to complete his degree.
Archival Collections and Reference Resources
- WSB-TV Newsfilm Collection (Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection)
- WSB-TV newsfilm clip of Georgia Institute of Technology president Dr. Ed Harrison speaking to reporters about the school's integration and Ford Greene, Ralph Long, Jr., and Lawrence Williams, the school's first African American students, arriving on the campus in Atlanta, Georgia, 1961 September 18 (Moving images)
- WSB-TV newsfilm clip of governor Ernest Vandiver and mayor William B. Hartsfield responding to the full-page advertisement "An Appeal for Human Rights" published in newspapers by a student civil rights group in Atlanta, Georgia, 1960 March 9 (News)