The University of Georgia plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the graduation of the first African-American to earn a degree from the school. Mary Frances Early received her master's degree in 1962. She is set to speak at a ceremony commemorating her graduation on Aug. 15.
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.
Award-winning journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, one of the first blacks to register at the University of Georgia after the school was desegregated, is returning to the campus to mark the milestone anniversary.