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Charlayne Hunter-Gault This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Rebekah M., Elk Grove, CA

     In the early 1960s, Charlayne Hunter-Gault helped demolish thesegregation laws that held many hostage. No black student had ever been admitted to the Universityof Georgia in its 176-year history. Although Charlayne was neither “morally or intellectuallyundesirable,” the university would not permit her to attend. The first great barrier was todefeat this strictly white privilege.

So, on January 9, 1961, Charlayne Hunter-Gault setfoot on campus and “bravely integrated the all-white University of Georgia.” With thehelp of the NAACP and Educational Fund, Charlayne won the right to attend. Three days after thecourt order, Gault and fellow activist Hamilton Holmes “walked on to campus and intohistory.” As expected, they were greeted “by mobs of white students who .

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