Charlayne Hunter-Gault's Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement

Friday, April 20, 2012

Charlayne Hunter-Gault talks about being one of two black students who forced the University of Georgia to integrate in 1961, and about her new book,  To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement.

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“Hamilton Holmes and I were surrounded by newsmen when we arrived on the Athens campus of the University of Georgia on January 9, 1961.”
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“Hamp’s father, Alfred ‘Tup’ Holmes, led the way as Hamp and I walked to the registrar’s office on January 9.”
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“Hamp and I left the administration building after successfully registering (finally).”
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“Hamilton Holmes and I embrace, celebrating our graduation from an institution where we had been able to pursue our dreams like all other sons and daughters of Georgia.”
The New York Times
“After The New Yorker I went on to work for the NBC television affiliate in Washington, DC and later The New York Times, where this photo was taken.”


Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Comments [5]

To Laura:

For many of that era, it seems inborn. In some, a combination of that and training. Check out the inspiring, harrowing, life-changing doc, "Freedom Riders." Attend especially to the kids(!) from Fisk University. As one, bleeding, said to RFK's man John Seigenthaler, who was trying to rescue her from the mob, "No, Save yourself; I've been trained for this." (That was just before Seigenthaler's own skull was cracked, and several bones broken.)

To Becky:

THAT's your contribution to this monumental, astounding movement?? Oh, get over yourself.

Apr. 20 2012 12:34 PM
PJ from NJ from NJ

Great guest, great interview. Bringing the story full circle by asking her if her success was due to having been 'the queen' when she was younger was particularly great, Leonard. Additionally, only a small mind would take the time to nitpick this brilliant woman's slip of the toungue. Perfection must be such a lonely state, huh Becky?

Apr. 20 2012 12:32 PM
The Truth from Becky

Ahhhh no she did not say "pacific" one of my biggest pet peeves...SPecific, like in SPeak proper english!

Apr. 20 2012 12:17 PM
Hannah from New York and Cape Town

The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa has a series of 1-minute videos highlighting the extent of the "born free" generation and the history that is quickly being forgotten.

Here's a particularly striking one:

Apr. 20 2012 12:14 PM
Laura from UWS

I remember 1961 and I've always wondered whether her poise and dignity were inborn or whether these qualities can be learned. Does she have any advice on the subject--how to stand up to hostile adversaries?

Many thanks.

Apr. 20 2012 12:00 PM

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