Joseph McNeil, Jibreel Khazan Remember Franklin McCain

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GREENSBORO, N.C. - Nearly 54 years ago, 4 college freshman took a stand by sitting down.

Franklin McCain, David Richmond, Joseph McNeil and Jibreel Khazan, formerly known as Ezell Blair, Jr., walked into F.W. Woolworth Co. February 1, 1960 and sat down at the lunch counter, and ordered food.

When they were refused service, the group known as the Greensboro Four, refused to leave.

The men returned day after day, and by the end of the week, more than one-thousand people packed the store on Elm Street.

For the Greensboro Four, it was more than a movement.

Thursday, the Greensboro Four lost a member, a friend, and a brother.

READ: Franklin McCain, Of The Greensboro Four, Dies

Franklin McCain died at the age of 73.

WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower spoke to the two living members of the Greensboro Four, Joseph McNeil and Jibreel Khazan.

"He, he was my best friend," said Joseph McNeil.

READ: NC A&T Chancellor Honors Life, Legacy of Franklin McCain

The man known for standing up against the injustices of segregation-- was Joseph McNeil's best friend.

"I cherished his friendship for over, some 50-plus years. And I will truly miss his counsel and his smiling face," said McNeil.

"[He] was more than just a voice for what we would call the moment. He had a mind that would look beyond today and think of tomorrow," said Jibreel Khazan. 

Khazan added, "He spoke to the heart of the people and to the needs of the people, and that's the guidance that I remember about him."

"We are happy to be a part of the American landscape who stood for the freedom of individuals and choice and endeavored to make our country a better place," said McNeil.

READ: NC A&T Vows To Carry On Franklin McCain's Legacy

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