One of the original four who took part in the Woolworth sit-ins. A Greensboro native, he graduated from Dudley High School and received a B.S. in sociology from North Carolina A&T State University in 1963. While a student at A&T, Khazan was president of the junior class, the student government association, the campus NAACP and the Greensboro Congress for Racial Equality. He attended law school at Howard University for almost a year. He became a member of the New England Islamic Center in 1968 and took on his present name.

One of the original four who took part in the Woolworth sit-ins. He was born in Union County…

One of the original four taking part in the Woolworth sit-ins. A Wilmington native, he gradu…

One of the original four, taking part in the Woolworth sit-ins. He was born in Greensboro an…

  • A&T president during the sit-ins. During the sit-ins in 1960, city leaders asked Gibbs to keep students on campus. Gibbs replied, "We teach our students how to think, not what to think."

Former president of A&T. Native of Baldwin, Louisiana. Harvard graduate.

  • He opened a clothing store on East Market Street, which attracted many A&T students as customers, including the Greensboro Four. He is thought to have encouraged the students to challenge segregation and to have tipped off the press on the first day of the sit-ins at Woolworth.

Johns was born of Syrian immigrant parents in New Castle, Pa. He was a bit player in the mov…

  • Longtime civil rights activist and Greensboro dentist, he was president of the local NAACP chapter from 1959 until 1984. In 1955, he and several other black men were arrested for trespassing after they played nine holes at the all-white, municipal Gillespie Park Golf Course.

Longtime civil rights activist and Greensboro dentist, he was president of the local NAACP c…

  • Former chairman of the Greensboro Human Relations Commission and was active for 15 years in the civil rights movement.

Former pastor of Trinity AME Zion Church in Greensboro. Bishop is a native of Pittsburgh. He…

A police captain at time of sit-ins, he served 33 years with Greensboro Police Department, a…

  • Mayor of Greensboro in 1957 through 1961. His two two-year terms came not only during the sit-ins but also at a time when black students first enrolled in two previously all-white schools — at Gillespie Park School and Greensboro Senior High School (now Grimsley).

Mayor of Greensboro in 1957 through 1961. His two two-year terms came not only during the si…

A high-ranking executive with Burlington Industries, who headed the Mayor's Advisory Committ…

One of the best-known civil rights leaders in America, he is often incorrectly connected to …

  • President of Bennett College from 1955 until 1966. She rejected plans by several Bennett College students to stage a sit-in in November 1959 because the Christmas holidays would have interrupted the efforts.

President of Bennett College from 1955 until 1966. Originally from Akron, Ohio, she was the …

  • Adviser to some Bennett students at the school's NAACP chapter during the sit-ins. Hatchett believes the original four got the idea for the sit-ins from talks at Bennett. However, the remaining members of the group say this was not the case.

Former Bennett College professor. Originally from New York, Hatchett was the adviser to some…

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