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Athens News Matters: After Fifty Years, a Black Artist's Dream is Realized


In 1971, Gwendolyn Payton was a senior at Mercer University, majoring in biology and art. But the head of the art department refused to allow her to show her work, effectively denying her an art degree. 50 years later, Mercer righted a historic wrong, putting Payton’s works on exhibition and awarding her the art degree she sought. Now, Payton’s work is on display in Athens through March 12.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!