Series of WSB-TV newsfilm clips of African American students arriving on campus as well as the reaction of white students at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, 1961 January 9
@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
DescriptionIn this series of WSB-TV newsfilm clips from Athens, Georgia on January 9, 1961, the University of Georgia's first two African American undergraduate students, Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes, arrive on campus to register for classes; two unidentified white students express their opinions regarding the university's integration. The series of silent clips begins with a crowd of white students and reporters walking on a campus sidewalk; a few of the students walk on a slope beside the sidewalk. Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter, the university's first two African American undergraduate students, walk on campus and up the steps of the Academic Building; they are both surrounded by people. In a sound portion of the clips, an unidentified reporter interviews two unidentified (white) students about the university's integration as they stand on the steps of the Academic Building. The first student affirms his belief that open schools, even integrated schools, are the best thing; he expresses that most of the students on campus also prefer open schools and hopes that the Georgia state legislature will vote in agreement with the students. The second student expresses his confidence in the legislature and its ability to choose the school's fate; his preference is to wait and see how the legislature decides to act and adds that he favors keeping schools open on a segregated basis. After these opinions, white students are seen chanting, "Two, four, six, eight, we don't want to integrate." Students and reporters stand at the Arch at the entry to...
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