Jan 7, 2011

Integrating the University of Georgia, 50 Years Ago

I'm spending the next two days at a conference so things will probably be a little quiet here, but I heard a great interview this morning and wanted to share. Charlene Hunter-Gault, who is now a well-known journalist, was one of the first two black students to attend the University of Georgia after winning a federal lawsuit in 1961. She talked about students rioting on campus, throwing a brick through her window, and offering her a quarter to make their beds for them - but also about a professor inviting her to tea and discussing Dostoevsky with her, and about getting to know Calvin Trillin because he offered to buy her a pastrami sandwich. Check it out at http://www.npr.org/news/U.S./132712913.

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