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First African Americans to Integrate Clarke Schools to be Honored

Wilucia Green
Wilucia Green

The first African American students to integrate Clarke County schools are being honored this weekend. Some 60 years later, the five students Scott Michael Killian, Wilucia Green and her sister Marjorie Green, Agnes Green, (no relation) and Bonnie Hampton will be celebrated by state and local leaders, family and friends, and others.

The students attended two years before the district adopted a “freedom of choice,” policy, to meet civil rights requirements.

The program “Uncommon Valor: The Integration of Clarke County Public Schools in 1963,” is 4 pm Sunday, September 17th in the Vernon Payne Meeting Hall at the CCSD headquarters on Prince Avenue. A reception will follow at the Taylor-Grady House. Both events are free and open to the public. Next story, start with sound from student.

Linda Davis is a member of the education committee of ASALAH and one of the event’s organizers. Association for the Study of African American Life and History. She discussed the upcoming celebration with WUGA.

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!