1961 January 9

Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes, First African-Americans to Enroll at University of Georgia


Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes were the first two African-Americans to enroll at the University of Georgia. As the two students registered, a group of white students congregated outside in the corridor and shouted, “Two, four, six, eight, we don’t want to integrate.” Later that day, a riot broke out, and Hunter and Holmes were suspended “for their own safety.” They later returned to classes at the university. Charlayne Hunter-Gault went on to a distinguished career as a journalist. Dr. Holmes was the first black student admitted to Emory University School of Medicine, and later became a professor of orthopedics and dean at the school.

Hunter and Holmes at the University of Georgia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj4cuJDjWZ8

Read Hunter-Gault’s Memoirs: In My Place (1992)

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