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Greensboro Sit-ins - Launch of a Civil Rights Movement

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Key Players

Jibreel Khazan (Ezell Blair Jr.)

One of the original four who took part in the Woolworth sit-ins. A Greensboro native, he graduated from Dudley High School and received a B.S. in sociology from North Carolina A&T State University in 1963. While a student at A&T, Khazan was president of the junior class, the student government association, the campus NAACP and the Greensboro Congress for Racial Equality. He attended law school at Howard University for almost a year. He became a member of the New England Islamic Center in 1968 and took on his present name.

Khazan works with developmentally disabled people for the CETA program in New Bedford, Mass. He also has worked with the AFL/CIO Trade Council in Boston and the Opportunities Industrialization Center and at the Rodman Job Corps Center. He is married to the former Lorraine France George of New Bedford. They have three children, one of whom graduated from A&T.

Audio (MP3)

Something must be done (1:03)
Blair voted against going (1:07)
Ralph Johns role in the sit-ins (1:17)
Couldn't sleep the night before the sit-ins (:36)
What happened that day (2:12)
Curly Harris refuses the four service (:50)
We got confidence (:38)
The four were threatened nightly (:34)

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