Jan. 8, 1961: Wayne State student begins journey to desegregate University of Georgia

On this day in 1961, Charlayne Hunter-Gault leaves for Atlanta.

Hunter, a South Carolina native, has been attending Wayne State University as she attempts to secure registration at the segregated University of Georgia. “I don’t expect any trouble from other students,” she tells the Michigan Chronicle.

On January 9, she and 19-year-old Hamilton Holmes will become the first two African-Americans to attend the University of Georgia.

While attending Wayne State, Charlayne became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.‘s Tau Chapter.

Ken Coleman

Ken Coleman, the author of On this Day: African-American Life in Detroit, is a native Detroiter and former news reporter. He served on the Detroit Charter Revision Commission. He lives in Detroit with his wife, Kim Trent, and their son, Jackson Coleman.