Celebrating 54 Years Of The Greensboro Four Sit-in

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GREENSBORO, NC -- In February, the world celebrates Black History and the Civil Rights Movement that gained equal rights for all.

In the Piedmont/Triad, the International Civil Rights Center Museum (ICRCM) officials celebrate its annual Greensboro Sit-ins Gala on the 1st day of the month.

On Saturday, February 1st, ICRCM and attendees at the Annual Gala paid tribute to the late Franklin McCain, one of the Greensboro Four and several others at the event at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.

WFMY News 2 spoke to one of McCain's sons and one of the two surviving four NC A&T State University freshmen, who took a stand against segregation in Greensboro and across the nation.

"My two brothers and I realize that the life and legacy that our father has left," said Franklin McCain, Jr.  "As for me, it's really not about stepping into his shoes because those are pretty big shoes and I have my own shoes. So, my shoes need to be my walk of life. His shoes allowed me to have my walk of life and I'm internally gratefully for that."

"We've come a long way, but I see us being in a struggle because I think the civil rights movement is a continuum," said Joseph McNeil. "It will be going on 150 to 200 years from now. But it is a fight that worth continuing to take place and I am glad to have been a participant in something so changing and received by others." 

At the Gala, ICRCM's board of directors chair recognized, Clarence Avant, a music executive and Quincy Jones, an American icon.

Avant recieved the 2014 Trailbalzer Award. Jones was awarded the 2014 Alston-Jones International Civil and Human Rights Award.

See WFMY News 2's web-exclusive video of Quincy Jones and WFMY News 2's Tony Smith.

For more information, visit the ICRCM's website.

WFMY News 2

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