Franklin McCain

Close to 1,000 people celebrated the life of Franklin Eugene McCain inside of Harrison Auditorium on the North Carolina A&T campus
Jeff Tiberii

Civil rights pioneer Franklin McCain will be laid to rest Friday, following an afternoon funeral in Charlotte. Hundreds of people turned out to North Carolina A&T State University Thursday to remember an historic figure. McCain was one the four teenagers who sat down at a segregated lunch counter in Greensboro on February first, 1960.  

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A Civil Rights pioneer has died. Franklin McCain was one of four teenagers who sat down at an all-white lunch counter in Greensboro on February 1, 1960.

"I certainly wasn't afraid. And I wasn't afraid because I was too angry to be afraid. If I were lucky I would be carted off to jail for a long, long time. And if I were not so lucky, then I would be going back to my campus, in a pine box." - Franklin McCain, interview on NPR

The freshmen from North Carolina A&T ignited a sit-in movement in the Jim Crow south that led to other key chapters in the Civil Rights era.