A federal judge, in January of 1961, ordered that two African American students, Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter, be admitted to UGA. Using the state law, Vandiver was to issue a statement to shut down the University. The federal government, however, reversed the decison. Feeling it wise to back away, Vandiver issued a speech on January 18, reapealing the cutoff funds and also took the recommendations of the Sibley Commission.
Huff, Christopher A. "Sibley Commission." New Georgia Encyclope