ALBANY, Ga. -- Charlayne Hunter-Gault, a pioneer of the Civil Rights movement and a CNN correspondent, will headline Albany State University's commemorative program honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Thursday morning.
Hunter-Gault is the scheduled keynote speaker at the MLK Convocation, scheduled at 9:50 a.m. in the ASU Student Center Ballroom located on campus. She was on the front lines of the action when Georgia desegregated public schools through a court order and, in 1961 with Hamilton E. Holmes, was one of the first two African-American students admitted into the University of Georgia.
The UGA graduate worked as an investigative reporter and anchor at WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., and as a reporter at the New York Times she specialized in covering the urban African-American community.
After joining The MacNeil/Lehrer Report as a correspondent, she became The NewsHour's national correspondent. She also worked in Johannesburg, South Africa, as National Public Radio's chief correspondent in Africa.
The Civil Rights trailblazer is the recipient of many awards, receiving two Emmys and a Peabody for excellence in broadcast journalism for a series about South Africa entitled "Apartheid's People." She also received the Journalist of the Year award from the National Association of Black Journalists, the Sidney Hillman Award and two honors presented by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Her memoir, "In My Place," chronicles Hunter-Gault's experiences at the University of Georgia. She is currently working on a first-person memoir detailing the struggle of African-Americans in the 1960s.
The MLK Day Convocation, funded by Title III, is open to the community.