GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Saturday marks 54 years since four North Carolina A&T freshmen took a stand against racism and segregation by sitting down at a local diner.
Friday, the community honored the Greensboro Four for their brave acts and commemorated the Greensboro Sit-Ins.
And, this year's celebration had a special meaning.
This is the first February One celebration since the death of one of the original Greensboro Four, Franklin McCain.
This year's celebration kicked off with the annual Sit-In Anniversary Breakfast at the NC A&T Alumni-Foundation Event Center. The community got the chance to honor McCain and the Greensboro Four and hear from the two surviving members, Joseph McNeil and Jibreel Khazan.
The day's events continued with the "Laying of the Memorial Wreath" at the February One monument, as well as a roundtable discussion, led by the Greensboro Four and the Student Government Association.
Students from the STEM Early College at A&T, the Academy at Smith and the Middle College at A&T also honored the Greensboro Four. More than 100 students marched from the February One monument at A&T to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum Friday.
It's been 54 years since four NC A&T freshman - Franklin McCain, Jibreel Khazan, David Richmond and Joseph McNeil - sat down at F.W. Woolworth's and took a stand Feb. 1, 1960. Their bravery led to sit-ins and other civil rights demonstrations across the country.
Celebrations in their honor will continue Saturday with the International Civil Rights Center and Museum's annual Greensboro Sit-Ins Gala at the Koury Convention Center. Visit the ICRCM website for more information.