whites_only_web.jpgATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ The University of Georgia will mark the 50th anniversary of its desegregation with a series of events, including a reception honoring the first black students to enroll there.


Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter-Gault made history when they registered for classes at UGA in January 1961.

Hunter-Gault and family members of the late Holmes will attend a reception marking the anniversary on Jan. 9. The reception will also include Mary Frances Early, who transferred to UGA as a graduate student in the summer of 1961 and became the first black student to earn a degree at UGA.

The next day, Hunter-Gault will deliver a lecture on the anniversary.

Holmes and Hunter-Gault were admitted after a protracted legal struggle.