February One: 52 Years Later

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The A&T Four are being celebrated today as part of the 52nd Sit-In Anniversary in Greensboro.

The celebration celebrates the courageous actions of Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil, Ezell Blair Jr. and David L. Richmond when the 1960 A&T freshmen protested after being refused service at the segregated lunch counter of the F. W. Woolworth’s store in downtown Greensboro.

The next day, more than twenty African American students who had been recruited from other campus groups came to the store to join the sit-in.

A&T is honoring the four with a Sit-In breakfast celebration that features guest speaker Darryl C. Towns and other speakers.

Approximately 200 A&T students from different student organizations will be participating in the celebration such as the N.C. A&T Army and Air Force ROTC, the university choir, the gospel choir, and members of the SGA, according to The A&T Register.