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- WSB-TV Newsfilm Collection
- Series of WSB-TV newsfilm clips of the arrival of Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes, the first African American undergraduate students at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, 1961 January 9
- WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
- Date of Original:
- College integration--Georgia--Athens
Segregation in education--Georgia--Athens
African American college students--Georgia--Athens
Central business districts--Georgia--Athens
School integration--Massive resistance movement--Georgia--Athens
Reporters and reporting--Georgia--Athens
Athens (Ga.)--Race relations--History--20th century
- Hunter-Gault, Charlayne
Holmes, Hamilton, 1941-
Abney, George M., 1930-2002
Jordan, Vernon E. (Vernon Eulion), Jr., 1935-2021
- United States, Georgia, Clarke County, Athens, 33.96095, -83.37794
- moving images
- In this silent series of WSB-TV newsfilm clips from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia from January 9, 1961, the first two African American undergraduate students, Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes, arrive on campus to register for classes and are observed by reporters and white students. Crowds of white students and observers gather near the entrance to the University and watch as reporters follow Holmes and Hunter onto campus and into the Administration Building. Inside the building, a sign over a door reads "Director of Admissions," and later in the clip Hunter and Holmes enter the office. Cameramen and others crowd the hallways of the building, with some standing on ladders to see. Reporters follow Hamilton Holmes as he leaves the building and walks across campus. Charlayne Hunter, holding papers, also walks inside the building and is questioned by reporters when she leaves the building. Inside the journalism building, where Hunter met with faculty member George Abney to set up her schedule, cameras peak through a mail slot and over a door to observe the meeting. The clip shows white observers on campus and at the fast-food restaurant "The Varsity" in downtown Athens. White students are also seen in smaller groups reading or walking on campus. Vernon Jordan, part of the legal team that helped Holmes and Hunter get on campus, is also seen standing near the Arch at the University entrance. About seven minutes into the clip, there is an approximately 15 second clip of the attack on Hunter's dormitory following a basketball game on January 11. There are ladders against the building and a screen on the ground; smoke (possibly tear gas) rises from the roof. Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes first applied to the University of Georgia in July 1959. University officials claimed "lack of space" and put off admitting the two African American students for several quarters. In the fall of 1960, African American attorneys Donald Hollowell, Constance B. Motley, and Horace T. Ward filed a federal lawsuit seeking admission for the two students. Federal judge William A. Bootle on January 6, 1961 ordered the university to admit the two students, ending the university's segregation. Holmes and Hunter registered for classes January 9, and attended their first classes on campus January 11.
Title supplied by cataloger.
IMLS Grant, 2008.
Digibeta Center Cut (4 x 3) downconvert from HDD5 1080/23.98PsF film transfer.
- Local Identifier:
- Clip number: wsbn43084
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- Bibliographic Citation (Cite As):
- Cite as: wsbn43084, Series of WSB-TV newsfilm clips of the arrival of Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes, the first African American undergraduate students at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, 1961 January 9, WSB-TV newsfilm collection, reel 0962, 36:34/45:38, Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia
- 1 clip (about 9 mins., 4 secs.): black-and-white, silent ; 16 mm.
- Original Collection:
- Original found in the WSB-TV newsfilm collection.
- Contributing Institution:
- Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection