Charlayne Hunter-Gault
We are not a problem people; we are a people with problems. We have historic strengths; we have survived because of family.
In 1959, she and a fellow classmate, Hamilton Holmes, were denied admission to the University of Georgia because of its "whites only" policy, even though she graduated third in her class. After two years of legal battles and a U.S. district confirmation, she and Holmes were granted admission. On their way to register for classes, white protesters hurled racial slurs at them, gathered outside their dorms and smashed windows. The University renamed the building where they registered to Holmes-Hunter Academic Building in their honor. Currently a foreign correspondent with National Public Radio, Hunter-Gault created a special series tracking apartheid in South Africa and interviewed Nelson Mandela.