On January 9, 1961, the University of Georgia changed forever.
Hamilton E. Holmes (AB ’63) and Charlayne Hunter-Gault (ABJ ’63) became the first African American students to register for classes at UGA. They were later joined by Mary Frances Early (MME ’62), the first African American student to graduate from the University. Twenty years after they stepped onto campus, professor James Simmons, Jr. and Horatio Lanier (ABJ ’77) established the Black Alumni Scholarship Fund with the support of numerous alumni, faculty and friends. Today, the UGA Alumni Association Black Alumni Affinity Group carries the torch through The 1961 Club, ensuring that students, regardless of socioeconomic status, have access to a college education.