Sixty-One Years Later, N.C. A&T Continues Honoring A&T Four for Igniting Sit-In Movement

By Tonya Dixon / 01/26/2021 Student Affairs, Alumni, College of Science and Technology, Physics

Greensboro, N.C. (Jan. 27, 2021) — More than six decades ago, four North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University students took bold, non-violent steps against segregation and sat down at a whites-only Woolworth’s lunch Counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, sparking a national movement. On Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, at noon, the university will commemorate their courageous acts through a virtual tribute: “It’s About Us.”

In celebration of the legacy of Jibreel Khazan (Ezell Blair Jr.), Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil and David Richmond – better known collectively as the A&T Four – the live presentation will feature tributes by current N.C. A&T students and alumni, representatives from Dudley High School Academy, Bennett College, family members of the four, the traditional solemn wreath-laying ceremony and more.

In addition to honoring the A&T Four, N.C. A&T will reveal the 2021 Human Rights medalist recipient. The medal is given to a deserving citizen selected from nominations submitted to the University Awards Committee. A&T bestows the annual award to recognize individuals who have endeavored to correct societal injustice and have significantly contributed to the betterment of the world.

The sit-in tribute is available for the public to view; however, registration is required. Information is available online.

Media Contact Information: tddixon1@ncat.edu

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