First Black Woman Student at the University of Georgia Creates ‘Giving Voice to the Voiceless’ Fund

Charlayne Hunter-Gault, the award-winning journalist and noted alumna of the University of Georgia, has announced the establishment of the Giving Voice to the Voiceless endowment at the university. The endowment will provide grants to university students to promote social justice and global understanding.

“From Athens to Africa and beyond, my ‘journeys to the horizon’ as a journalist have tried to find people whose voices need to be heard so they can realize their dreams for themselves and their communities,” Hunter-Gault said. “I hope this fund will encourage Georgia Dawgs from anywhere in the university to travel near and far, as I have tried to do, to give voice to those whose voices are unheard.”

Charlayne Hunter-Gault along with Hamilton Holmes were the first two African American students to enroll at the University of Georgia in 1961. She graduated in 1963 and worked for The New Yorker, The New York Times, PBS, National Public Radio, and CNN. She is the author of several books including In My Place (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1992) and To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement (Flashpoint, 2012).

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