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Peter Frey via UGA Today

Harvard Professor and Peabody Award-winning historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. presented the University of Georgia’s 2021 Holmes-Hunter Lecture this afternoon.

"Charlayne Hunter was not only representing an individual, not representing her mother and father, or her grandmother, she was representing the race."

Instead of a typical speech, Gates held a question-and-answer session with lecture namesake, Charlayne Hunter-Gault. They discussed her challenges while integrating UGA.

Family Promise of Athens

Family Promise of Athens is hosting its largest fundraiser of the year this afternoon. This year’s La Table event is virtual due to the pandemic. Executive Director Davin Welter says though supporters cannot gather in-person, there are some benefits to going online.

The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to racial disparities in healthcare for Black Americans. New research from the University of Georgia shows that beyond the physical toll of the virus, African Americans also face significant mental health concerns. Professor Ryon Cobb is the lead author of the study.


The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has released the name of the person shot and killed by officers Thursday. The suspect is 37-year-old Timothy Statham of Winterville. Police say he was driving a stolen vehicle and fled into the woods as police tried to stop him. 

The Biden administration is holding an unprecedented open enrollment session for the Affordable Care Act or the ACA. Harold Weber is an Insurance Navigator at the Athens Neighborhood Health Center. He provides some details.

"Because of so many people losing their job, and connected to that losing their health insurance, the Biden Administration thought that it would be extremely helpful for a large portion of the population that is under duress because of the economy."