After its founding in 1964, the School of Social Work was committed to enrolling and graduating Black students. Nancy Jordan was the school’s first Black graduate in 1967, and four additional Black students—Barbara Brown Jeter, Ola Lumpkin Simmons, Roosevelt Green, and Freeman Walker—began their studies at the school that same year. Jeter, Simmons, and Green all went on to earn PhDs in social work or allied fields.
Still the majority of UGA’s social work students remained white. In this 1968 clip from WSB-TV news in Atlanta, UGA social work students are interviewed about spending their “vacation in slum areas of Atlanta.”