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Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 8:20pm

UGA Marks 50 Years of Integration

Updated: 6 years ago.
On January 9, 1961, Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter arrived at the University of Georgia as the first black students. (photo New Georgia Encyclopedia)

It's been 50 years the first African-American students walked onto the campus of the University of Georgia .

Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter-Gault were outstanding high school students in Atlanta. And Civil Rights leaders asked them to help integrate the school in Athens.

It took years of legal wrangling to gain their admittance.

Rickey Bevington spoke with Charlayne Hunter-Gault about January 9, 2011.