CHARLOTTE, N.C. — All this month WCNC Charlotte is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting historical people and places in Charlotte and the Carolinas.
Today we are honoring Dr. Reginald Hawkins, a civil rights leader who played a key role in desegregating Charlotte schools, hospitals and public places.
Hawkins moved to Charlotte to attend Johnson C. Smith University and remained a resident of the Queen City.
In 1968, he became the first African-American since reconstruction to run for governor of North Carolina.
To learn more, go to our Black History Month page on the WCNC Charlotte website and or mobile app.