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Honoring Charlotte civil rights leader Dr. Reginald Hawkins

In 1968, Dr. Hawkins became the first African-American since reconstruction to run for governor of North Carolina.

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.

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To learn more, go to our Black History Month page on the WCNC Charlotte website and or mobile app.

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