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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Bahamian-born "HBCUstorian" Crystal A. deGregory, Ph.D. is the founder of HBCUstory and an associate professor of history at Kentucky State University where she formerly directed the award-winning Atwood Institute for Race, Education, and the Democratic Ideal. She a dynamic professional historian and a passionate Historically Black College and University (HBCU) advocate. A graduate of the historic Fisk, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee State universities, she is the convener of the HBCUstory Symposium, and editor-in-chief of The Journal of HBCU Research + Culture. A passionate believer in the historic mission and future vision for HBCUs, her primary areas of specialization are black higher education and the civil rights struggle.