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.

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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 member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Crystal A. deGregory, Ph.D. is a graduate of the historic Fisk University ’03. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees in history from Vanderbilt University. She also holds a master of education degree in curriculum and instruction from Tennessee State University, ’14, where she formerly taught in the department of history, geography and political science. A professional historian and passionate HBCU advocate, she is editor-in-chief of the forthcoming The Journal of HBCU Research + Culture. She is also a regular contributor to HBCU Digest, is a co-host of Black Docs radio show, and offers a wide-range of expertise on multiple topics including history, culture, education, black fraternity and sorority life and of course HBCUs. Follow her on twitter at @HBCUstorian, visit her website at www.CrystaldeGregory.com, or contact her via email at cadegregory@HBCUstory.com.

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