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This Day in Georgia History

February 27, 1942

Charlayne Hunter Born

Charlayne Hunter was born in Due West, South Carolina. Her family later moved to Atlanta, where she graduated from Turner High School in 1959. After she and fellow high school graduate Hamilton Holmes were denied admission to the University of Georgia that fall, she enrolled in Morehouse College. Both Hunter and Holmes continued efforts to enroll at the University of Georgia, and in January 1961 a federal judge ordered their admission. After graduation, she married and as Charlayne Hunter-Gault became a print and television journalist. She would win two Emmies for her work on “The MacNeil/Lehrer News-Hour.”