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WSB-TV newsfilm clip of integration at the University of Georgia including crowds observing the arrival of African American students, students answering reporter's questions about integration and rioting in protest, and the African American students' return to Atlanta, Atlanta and Athens, Georgia, 1961 January 11

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

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In this WSB newsfilm clip from January 11, 1961, a crowd standing near the University of Georgia entrance observes the arrival of the first two African American students; students answer a reporter's questions regarding their views of the university's integration; other students riot in response to the integration; and Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes, the two African American students, are welcomed back to Atlanta after being suspended "for their own protection."The clip begins with a large crowd of white observers seen surrounding the Academic building (known as the Holmes-Hunter Academic Building since 2001), at its rear and then at its front. The crowd begins to move, and the students run on the campus sidewalks. In another shot, students crowd the doorway of the Academic building. In downtown Athens, cars drive through the city; the city's sidewalks are mostly empty. Back at the university, a reporter interviews several male students in front of Brooks Hall; the students' comments are recorded in other clips.Next in night shots, car headlights, smoke, and lights, possibly from a fire, are seen. Men hook up fire hoses, and others carry a stretcher to a building. A scoreboard says "73 75." A police car with its lights on drives past, and students stand on the sidewalks. Two buildings housing Greek organizations are also seen in the darkness; the first is probably the Alpha Omicron Pi house, and the second may be the Alpha Delta Pi house. On the evening of January 11, 1961 after the University of...

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Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

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Digital Library of Georgia