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Athens News Matters: Mary Frances Early Recounts her Experience of Coming to UGA in Summer of 1961

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In “The Quiet Trailblazer,” Mary Frances Early recounts her firsthand experience coming to campus in the summer of 1961, joining Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Hamilton Holmes, the first Black students to enroll at UGA, and making history with her graduation with a master’s degree in music education in August 1962.

She chronicles her career as a music educator, first teaching in segregated schools before blazing trails to lead the Atlanta City Schools music education department and become the first African American elected president of the Georgia Music Educators Association.

WUGA's Alexia Ridley talks with Mary Frances Early:

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