North Carolina A&T State University will host a memorial service celebrating the life of Dr. Franklin E. McCain Sr., Thursday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m. – noon, in Harrison Auditorium.  The memorial service is open to the public.

McCain, a 1964 graduate of N.C. A&T and civil rights icon, died Jan. 9 at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, N.C.

“We are honored to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Franklin E. McCain Sr. with a memorial service at North Carolina A&T,” said Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. “He was a man of great principle and enormous courage, and we look forward to sharing more about his extraordinary life with others.”
“Our A&T family has been extremely supportive throughout this entire process and we really appreciate them,” said Frank McCain, Jr.  “Daddy held A&T in the highest regard.  For him, A&T represented the place where his courage to make a difference was born, nurtured and solidified.  His love for A&T remained in his heart his whole life.”      
On Feb. 1, 1960, McCain along with three A&T freshmen, the A&T Four, helped orchestrate and lead the sit-in movement that began at the F.W. Woolworth lunch counter in downtown Greensboro.

Among his many contributions, McCain served as a member of The North Carolina University system’s Board of Governors and held several leadership positions, including chairman of A&T’s Board of Trustees.  

“I grew up in Greensboro.  I vividly remember the Woolworth sit-in and the courageous part Franklin McCain played in it.  Franklin was an inspirational role model and became a dear personal friend.  What I think people should remember most about Franklin is that his courage and commitment to doing what was right didn’t end at Woolworth. That commitment continued throughout his life, and he channeled it in ways that really mattered, particularly in his service and devotion to our University and to higher education.  North Carolina has lost a true giant,” said President Tom Ross, University of North Carolina.

Guests attending the memorial service are encouraged to RSVP online at
In lieu of flowers, the McCain family requests contributions be made to The McCain Family Scholarship. Checks can be made payable to North Carolina A&T State University, Office of Development Operations, 1601 E. Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27411. 

Funeral services for Dr. Franklin E. McCain will be held Friday, Jan. 17. Visitation is noon – 2 p.m. The funeral begins at 2 p.m.

Alexander Funeral Home
1424 Statesville Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28206

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
3400 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC 28216

Oaklawn Park Cemetery
1615 Oaklawn Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28216

For more information visit or call the Chancellor’s Office at (336) 334-7940.