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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

@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

WSB-TV (Television station : Atlanta, Ga.)


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...
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Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

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Digital Library of Georgia