WSB-TV newsfilm clip of African American students Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter as well as white students rioting over integration at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, 1961 January 11
@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
DescriptionIn this WSB newsfilm clip from Athens, Georgia on January 11, 1961, Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter become the first African American students at the University of Georgia, and white students riot over the university's integration.Several nighttime shots of a January 11 riot are interspersed throughout the clip. Car headlights and a police car are seen on Athens roads; a crowd on campus mills in the darkness. Firecrackers and smoke light up a sidewalk. University president O. C. Aderhold speaks to reporters, possibly from inside the library. African American students Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes load their luggage into a car before getting into the car themselves. Daytime clips include students, reporters, and cameramen on campus. A sign on a door of Myers Hall reads, "This dormitory is closed to young men today. Please buzz for your date and wait out side!" Hunter, surrounded by a crowd, speaks to a reporter. President Aderhold walks down the library steps followed by cameras and reporters. Also, Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter are interviewed by a reporter as they sit on a couch inside. Holmes explains they are attending the university "to acquire a sound education" more than "to break down any barriers or to make history or things of that sort." Various trophies won by Holmes, who was on the football and track teams in high school, sit on a mantle in his parents' home.African American students Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes first applied to the University of Georgia in July 1959....
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