Human Rights Medal award

N.C. A&T’s 56th Sit-in Anniversary Events Set

North Carolina A&T State University will pause to honor the legacy of four freshmen who sparked change in America with a series of events beginning at 7:30 a.m., Feb. 1 in the Alumni-Foundation Event Center.

This year marks the 56th anniversary of the day N.C. A&T students Ezell Blair (Jibreel Khazan), Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil and David Richmond (A&T Four) sat down at a segregated lunch counter at F.W. Woolworth in Greensboro, igniting similar demonstrations all across the country.

This year’s celebration will include a student-led march to the International Civil Rights Museum, a conversation with the A&T Four on campus, a memorial at the February One monument on campus and the annual breakfast that will include the presentation of the Human Rights Medal award.

The Human Rights Medal award is bestowed annually to recognize individuals who have endeavored to correct social injustice and have significantly contributed to the betterment of the world. The award is given in honor of the extraordinary action against social injustice by the A&T Four.


56th Sit-In Anniversary Events
WHEN: 7:30 a.m., Feb. 1
WHERE: Alumni-Foundation Event Center, February One statue, Academic Classroom Building, International Civil Rights Museum

About N.C. A&T
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is the nation’s largest historically black university. It is a land-grant, doctoral research university and constituent member of the University of North Carolina system. A&T is known for its leadership in producing graduates in engineering, agriculture and other STEM fields. The university was founded in 1891 and is located in Greensboro, North Carolina. A&T is celebrating 125 years of exemplary graduate and undergraduate instruction, transformative research and intentional community engagement.