In September 1961 Lawrence Williams, Ford Greene, and Ralph Long, Jr. became the first African American students admitted to Georgia Tech. Williams, who graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, took some time away from school after his first year. The same day Williams registered to return to Tech, he received a draft notice in the mail. After serving in the Air Force, Williams joined Atlanta's Channel 5 television for a 26-year career.
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 (News)