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WSB-TV newsfilm clip of African American lawyers commenting on the University of Georgia's integration, students' replies to a reporter's questions, and African American students at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, 1961 January 9

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@ Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

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

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In this WSB newsfilm clip from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia on January 9, 1961, African American lawyers comment on the university's integration; a reporter questions several white students from the University of Georgia about the university's integration; and African American students Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter integrate the university.The clip begins with African American attorneys Horace T. Ward and Donald Hollowell standing beside Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes at a press conference. Attorney Hollowell states that they have not requested special protection for Hunter and Holmes as they begin attending the university, believing that the city police with the assistance of appropriate state and federal forces will handle the situation. He continues with his belief that the "the people at the university and around the university are sufficiently fair minded to want to see any Georgia citizen get the best education possible at the facilities which are provided by the state."Next, as Ward and another African American get into a car parked near the Arch, reporters question the men about the appeal process. The watching white crowd makes comments about the leaving car and the lawyers; one student suggests they have a "nice trip back to Africa."After the car leaves, a reporter interviews white students about the university's integration. The first student, identified as Ross Butler, feels that if the university is going to integrate, it should be done soon because of the short length of the current quarter. He also believes that the school should be...

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Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

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Digital Library of Georgia