Little Known Black History Fact: Charlayne Hunter Gault and Hamilton Holmes

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Charlayne Hunter-Gualt and Hamilton E. Holmes were civil right trailblazers who were at the center of integrating the University of Georgia. The pair were the first Black students admitted at the school on this day in 1961, after launching a lawsuit with the assistance of the NAACP.

Hunter and Holmes were top students at Turner High School, which was part of Atlanta’s segregated education system. Despite their high grades and the landmark Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board Of Education, the pair were denied entry to the university. This caught the attention of the NAACP’s Constance Baker Motley of its Legal Defense and Educational Fund branch.

Motley filed a lawsuit against the University of Georgia alleging racial discrimination. Joining her in the effort were Atlanta attorneys Donald Hollowell and Horace Ward. Ward was especially devoted to this mission, as he’d tried to integrate the university before. Now one of…

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