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Article Posted February 03, 2011

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Charlayne Hunter-Gault, first Black female student admitted to the University of Georgia.

University of Georgia Celebrates 50 Years of Desegregation

The University of Georgia will mark the 50th anniversary of its desegregation with a series of events beginning on Sunday, January 9 and continuing through Monday, February 28. The theme of the commemoration is “Celebrating Courage” – not only of the pioneering students who broke the color barrier, but of those who supported them and those who came after.

The legacy of Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter, who bravely walked on to the UGA campus on January 9, 1961 to register for classes, and of Mary Frances Early, who entered graduate school that summer, continues today as students, faculty, staff and alumni work together to build a diverse university that is welcoming to all.

The opening week of anniversary events brings back to campus some of the key figures from 50 years ago. The celebration continues over a period of 50 days, with events planned by many units of campus. Check the calendar regularly for listings.

Information provided by the University of Georgia. For more information, visit: http://desegregation.uga.edu/.

Posted by Sonja Roberts
Published in: On Campus, Students on Campus

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