Series of WSB-TV newsfilm clips of reporter Ray Moore interviewing Georgia governor Ernest Vandiver about the court-ordered integration of the University of Georgia, in Atlanta, Georgia, 1961 January 8
@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)
DescriptionIn this series of WSB newsfilm clips from Atlanta, Georgia on January 8, 1961, WSB-TV news reporter Ray Moore interviews Georgia governor Ernest Vandiver about the court-ordered integration of the University of Georgia. The clips begin with a sound-check section. Next, reporter Ray Moore asks the governor if he will recommend that the legislature remove a law prohibiting the state from funding integrated schools. Governor Vandiver says that he will address the question in his state of the state message, scheduled for the opening of the legislature the next day. Vandiver clarifies that he has called a meeting of legislators and members of the Board of Regents, the Chancellor of the University System of Georgia, and President of the University of Georgia to discuss the implications of the court-ordered integration of the university. Vandiver emphasizes that the meeting is not a policy making meeting, but a chance for interested parties to ask the state's legal team about the court decision. He refuses to answer questions about the university's use of stand-by funds or the presence of state troopers at the university when the first African American students arrive. While he, like many parents and citizens of the state, is concerned about the university's future, he declines to comment until after his state of the state address. When asked by an unidentified off-camera reporter, Vandiver will not comment on whether state troopers will be present the following morning, Hunter's and Holmes' first day.African American students Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes first...
Moore, Ray, 1922Vandiver, S. Ernest (Samuel Ernest), 1918-2005