This Volume's Symposium commemorates the Fiftieth
Anniversary of Desegregation at the University of Georgia. On
Monday, January 9, 1961, two brave, African-American students-
Mr. Hamilton Holmes and Ms. Charlayne Hunter-registered for
classes on North Campus. Just three days before-and after a
lengthy court battle-U.S. District Judge William Bootle held in
Holmes v. Danner that the students were "fully qualified for
immediate admission" and "would already have been admitted had
it not been for their race and color." Since that historic moment,
UGA and the rest of our country have taken great strides to
provide equal opportunities to all. Yet, many civil rights issues
persist in education and elsewhere.
On August 26, 2011, the Georgia Law Review hosted a
Symposium Conference inspired by the University's yearlong
celebration of its desegregation. The Conference-entitled Civil
Rights or Civil Wants?-provided a venue for prominent academics
and lawyers from across the country to discuss the civil rights
issues of today and tomorrow. This Symposium Issue continues
that discussion by providing in print the scholarship that drove
the dialogue at the Conference. Rather than take on a narrow
slice of the debate, the Georgia Law Review thought this Fiftieth
Anniversary marked a unique opportunity to examine how our
society's conception of and dialogue on civil rights has broadened
to often include non-traditional civil rights issues. As such, in
addition to examining the current state of education, this
Symposium looks at some of today's other important civil rights
issues, particularly in the contexts of immigration, information
privacy, and international law after the September 11, 2011,
Vaughan, Frederick W. and Case, Jennifer L.
"SYMPOSIUM CIVIL RIGHTS OR CIVIL WANTS?,"
Georgia Law Review: Vol. 46:
3, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.law.uga.edu/glr/vol46/iss3/3