Happy Birthday Aggies!

On this day in 1891, North Carolina Agicultural and Technical State University was founded in Greensboro, NC. Known for its world-famous “Greensboro Four”–Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair Jr. (later known as Jibreel Khazan), Joseph McNeil, and David Richmond–A & T is the alma mater of Jesse Jackson, Sr. & Jr., former Tennessee State University President James A. Hefner,  NASA astronaut Ronald McNair and actress Taraji P. Henson.


From left to right: David “Chip” Richmond (son of the late David L. Richmond), Franklin McCain Sr. ’63, Jibreel Khazan ’63 & Joseph A. McNeil ’63 pose in front of the statue commemorating the A&T Four on the A&T campus. Source: A&T University Relations.

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A historian and storyteller whose research interests include black higher education and college student activism, DR. CRYSTAL A. deGREGORY is a research fellow at Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Historic Preservation in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. A graduate of the historic Fisk, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee State universities, she is a passionate Historically Black College and University (HBCU) advocate, convener of the HBCUstory Symposium, and editor-in-chief of The Journal of HBCU Research + Culture. Follow her online at @HBCUstorian.