I was honored to be a guest at the 55th Anniversary of the lunch Counter Sit Ins which started on February 1 1960 in Greensboro, NC I met one of the Greensboro Four Mr. Jibreel Khazan He Gave me his bio so Here it Is Official
FEBRUARY 1, 1865
NATIONAL FREEDOM DAY
“African American Holiday”
FEBRUARY 1, 1960
A brief biographical sketch and statement of
Apostle Dr. Jibreel a-a.k-a. Khazan
“white dove de-vine love”
Apostle Dr. Jibreel a-a. K-a. Khazan (Ezell a. Blair, Jr.) Was born in Greensboro, North Carolina on
October 18, 1941, a love child – one of three children to the family of Mr. Ezell A. Blair, Sr. and Mrs.
Corene L. Williams Blair. A fifth generation descendant of Reverend Noah R. Headen (ha-aden) and Mrs.
Ardelia Harrington Headen, founder of New Zion Baptist Church in the Warnersville Community.
Apostle Dr. Khazan received his basic education from the Greensboro public schools. As a member of
the crown and scepter and national honor societies, Jibreel received an academic scholarship to attend
North Carolina State A&T. University where as an honor student and president of student government,
he graduated in 1963 with a bachelor of science degree in sociology and social studies. He has
studied at Howard university law school, Massachusetts university in Dartmouth, Massachusetts for the
field of education, voice at new England conservatory of music, and recently, he received the
doctorate of humanities degree from NC A & T State University. (honor)
Jabrille has served as a tutor/counselor for Rodman job corps center, minority history teacher at OIC,
programming coordinator for Boston area construction trades programs, (AFL-CIO), skills teacher,
counselor for CETA. Jabrille has taught a pilot course on African American history for the New Bedford
Massachusetts public schools, worked as program assistant for adults who have learning handicaps.
Jabrille enjoys being is a mass-star storyteller, oracle, oral historian, and lecturer. As a youth, he was
active in church and community affairs, such as the NAACP youth group.
On February 1, 1960. National freedom day as declared by president Abraham Lincoln in his support
for, the passage of the 13th amendment to the US. constitution (abolishing slavery, January 31,
1865). Jibreel along with his freshmen companions. Dr. Franklin E. Mccain, Dr. Joseph A. Mcneil, and
Dr. David l. Richmond. Initiated the daddy/mother of all civil and human rights action in the USA. for
the decade of 1960.” The “four freshman”, staged a lunch counter “sit-in” demonstration at the local
F.W. Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro. NC to protest the gross denial of equal service to all
customers based solely upon racial characteristics. The “sit-in movement” was the first of its type
initiated nationally by African – Ur-Asian males, and spread to at least 250 major cities and towns in
America in which over 400 demonstrations took place by the end of 1960. Millions of Americans
joined this movement for equal rights.
The act of ‘Sitting In’ lead to: (1) the passage of The 1960 civil rights bill; (2) the interstate commerce
commission ruling in September, 1961, against racial segregation on interstate carriers and terminals;
(3) the first national public accommodations act in 100 years.
The sit in partcipants role models were the non-violent principles of love and peace practiced by
Rabboni Yashua al-Masih (Lord Jesus the Christ – peace on him), Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. and Dr. Ralph David Abernathy. Our deliverance was prophesied by Bishop Apostle Marcelino
Manoel Da Graca (Sweet! Sweet Sweet! Daddy Grace) (ra), founder of the United House of Prayer for
all People in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1921. Before he transcended this mortal life on January
12, 1960, Bishop “Daddy” Grace Prophesied. The grace of God shall come soon to deliver you from
the yoke of bondage and oppression. Pray for the anointing power of the Holy Ghost. You shall be
delivered. Bye for now – love dad.” 19 days later on Sunday night, January 31,1960, we decided we
were going to request equal service for all Americans at F.W Woolworth’s lunch counter on Monday,
February 1. 1960. We thank our life giver, Rabboni Yashua al-Masih, our parents, relatives, teachers,
friends, believers in our life giver, Bishop Apostle Marcelino Manoel Da Graca, Mahatma Gandhi, Mrs.
Rosa Parks, Drs. King and Abernathy. Their families, SCLC, NAACP, Ms. Ella baker, SNCC, CORE, labor movement, the martyrs, LIR.P.O. Elks of the world, Prince Hall Masonic Lodge, a.e.o.-nobles of the
mystic shrine, and millions of Americans for, “helping to set the captives free.” God sent us. We
fulfilled the prophecy.” All praises and thanks are due to our life giver for “God’s amazing grace”.
“de-vine love four (yhwh) ever ending never”. Aum-in
Unedited Footage around 1995
A diverse group of people gathered at the Koury Convention Center to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the lunch counter sit-ins which began on February 1, 1960 at F.W. Woolworth in downtown Greensboro. It was on that day, four freshmen from North Carolina A&T College (now North Carolina A&T State University), Jibreel Khazan (nee Ezell Blair), Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil, and David Richmond defied the prevailing convention by sitting at a Whites only lunch counter and requesting to be served. That act of opposing segregated public facilities catalyzed the spread of lunch counter sit-ins and desegregation efforts across the South.
Today the former five and dime is home to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum which commemorates civil rights progress, not just in the United States, but around the world.
The Sit-in Gala annually acknowledges the courage of the A&T Four and celebrates the people who helped dismantle segregation. This year the museum recognized four humanitarians for their respective contributions to civil rights. Mistress of ceremonies for the event was Tracey McCain, news anchor with WFMY News 2 of Greensboro.
During this year’s gala, Bennett College alumna Roslyn Smith received the Sit-In Participants Award for her tireless efforts in advocating for social justice. As a Bennett College student during the late 1950s and early 60s, Smith was instrumental in the planning of the Greensboro sit-ins and the protests which her fellow Bennett Belles as well as other college students from A&T, North Carolina Women’s College and Guilford College would participate. Smith recalled it was her membership in the NAACP which enhanced her interest in social justice.
Rev. Dr. Howard A. Chubbs, pastor of Greensboro’s Providence Baptist Church, was the recipient of the Unsung Hero Award in absentia. Accepting the award on his behalf was his son, Howard of Atlanta, Ga. “My father doesn’t look to have accolades. He has always been okay with working behind the scenes,” said the younger Chubbs of his father.
Longtime Hayes-Taylor YMCA supporter and fundraiser, T.O. Stokes received the Lifetime Community Service Award. As he accepted his award, Stokes said, “God has allowed me to give my heart and service to my community.” Stokes recently raised $1 million on behalf of the Hayes-Taylor YMCA’s capital campaign.
Dr. Alvin Blount Jr., a Greensboro physician, received the Trailblazer Award. Bount provided his version of a “fireside chat” on the importance of educating young people about their history. Blount, paraphrasing a quote by English philosopher Francis Bacon, said, “Reading makes a full man, writing makes a better man.”
A true trailblazer, Blount made history as the first African American physician to lead a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) during the Korean War. As a Greensboro physician, Blount was a part of a lawsuit, Simkins, et al v. Moses H. Cone Hospital, et al, which led to the desegregation hospitals throughout the United States. He told the audience, “Let us not be so proud that we cannot learn to love each other.”
The final award recipient was Rev. Dr. C.T. (Cordell Tindell) Vivian, former strategist for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, friend and colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Introduced by Rev. William Barber, president of the N.C. NAACP and architect of the N.C. Moral Mondays Movement for social justice, Vivian was presented with the Alston- Jones International Civil & Human Rights Award. Vivian played an integral role in the sit-in movement participating in civil rights work throughout the South and Midwest.
Recalling his friend, King, Vivian said, “If Martin hadn’t been here, we would not have an African American president now… We couldn’t have had that movement had it not been for nonviolent direct action.”
Vivian recounted thinking about standing up for justice when he was a young boy. “You didn’t know what the battle was but you knew it had to come,” he said
The former Shaw University Dead of Divinity (Raleigh, N.C.) said, “We know that only love can keep us alive. I don’t care what your religion is… There are only three good ideas anyway – truth, justice and love.”
Giving Honor To Ezel Blair Jr. One of the original 4 men to protest in Woolworth
Source: Gala honors humanitarians Carolina Peacemaker Greensboro, NC