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Jibreel Khazan remembers civil rights leader Franklin McCain
Jibreel Khazan remembers civil rights leader Franklin McCain
Published: 2014/01/16
Channel: Greensboro News & Record
Dr. Apostle Jibreel Khazan formerly known as Ezell Blair Jr.3
Dr. Apostle Jibreel Khazan formerly known as Ezell Blair Jr.3
Published: 2010/02/02
Channel: SPOTTV
February One: The Story of the Greenboro Four - Full Movie
February One: The Story of the Greenboro Four - Full Movie
Published: 2015/10/02
Channel: FilmRise Pictures
MeetWillHall.com | Ezell A. Blair Jr now Jibreel Khazan
MeetWillHall.com | Ezell A. Blair Jr now Jibreel Khazan
Published: 2012/02/05
Channel: Will Hall
Test Drive.....the Video
Test Drive.....the Video
Published: 2011/06/04
Channel: Ezell Shelton-Smith
Jibreel Khazan -PT #1  GREENSBORO 4 SIT- IN on SPOT TV -
Jibreel Khazan -PT #1 GREENSBORO 4 SIT- IN on SPOT TV -
Published: 2010/02/06
Channel: SPOTTV
Q&A Pt 3 Greensboro A&T Four Speaks on "THE HELP" Contributions to America
Q&A Pt 3 Greensboro A&T Four Speaks on "THE HELP" Contributions to America
Published: 2010/02/06
Channel: SPOTTV
TheGreensboroSit-Ins
TheGreensboroSit-Ins
Published: 2012/03/14
Channel: LaRaLevRen
DJ Crazy Toones Interview 2017 R.I.P Ice Cube
DJ Crazy Toones Interview 2017 R.I.P Ice Cube's DJ
Published: 2017/01/17
Channel: RAW HIP-HOP HEADZ
JJ
JJ's Presentation on the Greensboro Sit-Ins
Published: 2015/06/19
Channel: Tony Bonta
2013-03-28 Apostle Dr. Jibreel Kahzan
2013-03-28 Apostle Dr. Jibreel Kahzan
Published: 2013/03/29
Channel: UMASSLaw
Mahaji Apostle Jibreel A-A. K-A. Khazan (raw footage)
Mahaji Apostle Jibreel A-A. K-A. Khazan (raw footage)
Published: 2013/10/08
Channel: qvtv spottv
Jibreel Khazan
Jibreel Khazan
Published: 2012/10/19
Channel: Mike P
Dr. Franklin McCain On A Sit In  Panel Discussion at A&T
Dr. Franklin McCain On A Sit In Panel Discussion at A&T
Published: 2014/01/10
Channel: SPOTTV
Apostle Dr. Jibreel Khazan of the Greensboro Four
Apostle Dr. Jibreel Khazan of the Greensboro Four
Published: 2013/08/21
Channel: Smithsonian Channel
Youth Town Hall with the Greensboro Civil Rights Pioneers
Youth Town Hall with the Greensboro Civil Rights Pioneers
Published: 2010/03/23
Channel: National Museum of American History
Black History Month:The Struggle and Rise
Black History Month:The Struggle and Rise
Published: 2017/02/02
Channel: D. Richie
Woolworth counter protester, Jibreel Khazan
Woolworth counter protester, Jibreel Khazan
Published: 2010/02/15
Channel: Celeste Hart
Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Woolworth Lunch Counter Student Sit-In
Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Woolworth Lunch Counter Student Sit-In
Published: 2010/02/25
Channel: Smithsonian
"We teach them to think!" ~ movie trailer
"We teach them to think!" ~ movie trailer
Published: 2012/02/19
Channel: Bernetiae Reed
A&T Four
A&T Four
Published: 2008/04/30
Channel: Trey Proctor
International Civil Rights Center & Museum, PSA 30sec., 2
International Civil Rights Center & Museum, PSA 30sec., 2
Published: 2010/01/14
Channel: SitInMuseum
JULIAN BOND on SPOT TV
JULIAN BOND on SPOT TV
Published: 2010/09/21
Channel: SPOTTV
Change Comes Knocking: The Story of the North Carolina Fund Full Movie
Change Comes Knocking: The Story of the North Carolina Fund Full Movie
Published: 2017/07/21
Channel: Michael Renner
Q&A PT2 with Dr. Apostle Jibreel Khazan
Q&A PT2 with Dr. Apostle Jibreel Khazan
Published: 2010/02/06
Channel: SPOTTV
Dr. Franklin McCain NCA&T Sit In Breakfast on SPOTTV
Dr. Franklin McCain NCA&T Sit In Breakfast on SPOTTV
Published: 2014/01/11
Channel: SPOTTV
Jibreel Khazan  PT 3
Jibreel Khazan PT 3
Published: 2010/02/03
Channel: SPOTTV
N.C. A & T STATE UNIVERSITY ALUMINI BAND on SPOT TV
N.C. A & T STATE UNIVERSITY ALUMINI BAND on SPOT TV
Published: 2010/09/23
Channel: SPOTTV
A Perfect Pair House Wine and Takeout Chicken from Ezell
A Perfect Pair House Wine and Takeout Chicken from Ezell's
Published: 2007/12/04
Channel: APerfectPair
Video: Nick Saban Drives Speed Boat While His Alabama Players Go Tubing
Video: Nick Saban Drives Speed Boat While His Alabama Players Go Tubing
Published: 2014/06/08
Channel: Blair Brown
A Question and Answer with Dr. Apostle Jibreel Khazan pt 4
A Question and Answer with Dr. Apostle Jibreel Khazan pt 4
Published: 2010/02/06
Channel: SPOTTV
Franklin McCain Tribute
Franklin McCain Tribute
Published: 2014/01/15
Channel: BlackNetworkTV
Greensboro Lunch Counter Sit-In Talk (Opening Song)
Greensboro Lunch Counter Sit-In Talk (Opening Song)
Published: 2012/09/04
Channel: Claudia Petrilli
A Conversation with Julian Bond, part 2 of 6
A Conversation with Julian Bond, part 2 of 6
Published: 2011/03/11
Channel: MontaVistaDesign
Heating Up the Harvard Kitchen April 12, 2015
Heating Up the Harvard Kitchen April 12, 2015
Published: 2015/04/13
Channel: John Carlton-Foss
Jibreel Khazan, of Greensboro Four, on Climate Change and the Lunch Counter
Jibreel Khazan, of Greensboro Four, on Climate Change and the Lunch Counter
Published: 2015/02/05
Channel: HipHopCaucus
Greensboro Lunch Counter Sit-In Talk (Closing Song)
Greensboro Lunch Counter Sit-In Talk (Closing Song)
Published: 2012/09/04
Channel: Claudia Petrilli
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Published: 2018/02/01
Channel: Christian Ezell
My Stop Motion Movie about Greensboro sit ins
My Stop Motion Movie about Greensboro sit ins
Published: 2017/01/13
Channel: Sehunnie18
Black History Fact with Days Like T
Black History Fact with Days Like T's: The Greensboro 4
Published: 2018/02/08
Channel: DAYS LIKE T'S
Apostle Dr. Jibreel Khazan 50 years after the SIt In at the Woolworth Lunch Counter
Apostle Dr. Jibreel Khazan 50 years after the SIt In at the Woolworth Lunch Counter
Published: 2010/02/02
Channel: SPOTTV
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Kona Beers & Ghost Pepper Jerky - Grubbin' with Cult Moo Ep6
Published: 2012/10/10
Channel: CultMoo
NOVA Team 10 vs Team 11
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Published: 2014/03/27
Channel: ScoutsFocusEvents
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Published: 2017/03/14
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Published: 2008/01/30
Channel: Nine Network
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Published: 2012/09/11
Channel: HOT ROD Network
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Published: 2017/05/19
Channel: Mobile County Public Schools
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Published: 2017/03/14
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Ezell Blair Jr.
Born Ezell Alexander Blair Jr.
(1941-10-18) October 18, 1941 (age 76)
Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
Citizenship United States
Alma mater North Carolina A&T State University
Howard University Law School
Massachusetts University
New England Conservatory of Music
Known for Staging Greensboro sit-ins during Civil Rights Movement
Spouse(s) Lorraine France George
Children 3

Jibreel Khazan (born Ezell Alexander Blair Jr.; October 18, 1941) is a civil rights activist who is best known as a member of the Greensboro Four; a group of African American college students who, on February 1, 1960, sat down at a segregated Woolworth's lunch counter in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina challenging the store's policy of denying service to non-white customers. The protests, and the subsequent events were major milestone in the Civil Rights Movement.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Khazan was born Ezell A. Blair Jr. on October 18, 1941 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Khazan received his early education from Dudley High School; where his father, taught.[3] The senior Blair was very vocal on the subject of racial injustices and would be an early influence on his son. It was said that when he experienced unjust treatment based on color, he "stood up."[4] In addition to his father, Khazan was also influenced by Martin Luther King Jr. In 1958, Khazan would hear King speak at the local Bennett College. He was captivated as King addressed the audience in attendance. At that speech, King called for an escalation of nonviolent protests to end segregated accommodation. King's words had made a huge impact with Khazan; so much so that he later remarked "that he could feel his heart palpitating" and that the words of King "brought tears to his eyes."[4]

In 1959, Khazan would graduate from James B. Dudley High School, and enter the A&T College of North Carolina for his freshmen year. It was during his freshmen year that Khazan and his roommate, Joseph McNeil; along with two other associates, Franklin McCain and David Richmond, devised a plan to protest against the policies of the segregated lunch counter at the downtown Greensboro F. W. Woolworth’s store. On February 1, 1960, Blair, along with McNeil, Franklin and Richmond, took the bold step of violating the Greensboro Woolworth's segregation policy.[4] Khazan stated that he had seen a documentary on Mohandas Gandhi's use of "passive insistence" that had inspired him to act. Each of the participants in the sit-in had different catalysts, but it is clear that the four men had a close friendship that mutually reinforced their desire to act.[4]

The sit-in demonstrations were just the beginning of Khazan's community involvement. Khazan was elected president of the Junior class, and would later go on to become president of the school's student government association, the campus NAACP and the Greensboro Congress for Racial Equality.[3] In 1963, Khazan graduated from A&T College with a Bachelor's degree in sociology and Social Studies. After graduation, He briefly studied law at Howard University Law School in Washington, DC. He would continue his education at Massachusetts University and later at the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied voice.[5]

Later life[edit]

The A&T Four Statue on the campus of North Carolina A&T. (From Left: David Richmond, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair, and Joseph McNeil

Having been labeled a "troublemaker" for his role in the Greensboro Sit-Ins, life in Greensboro became difficult. In 1965, Khazan moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts, where he worked as a teacher and counselor for the developmentally challenged. In 1968, he joined the Islamic Center of New England and changed his name to Jibreel Khazan.[3][6] Today Khazan is an oral historian, oracle, Mass-Star Story teller and lecturer.

Legacy[edit]

In 1991, Khazan received an honorary doctorate of humanities degree from North Carolina A&T State University.[5] In 2002, North Carolina A&T commissioned a statue to be sculpted honoring Khazan, along with the three other members of the A&T four; Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil, and David Richmond. In addition, the four men each have residence halls named for them on the university campus.[7] In 2010, Khazan was the recipient of the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal from the Smithsonian Institution.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Khazan is married to the former Lorraine France George of New Bedford. Together they have three children.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Civil Rights Greensboro: Jibreel Khazan". University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  2. ^ Davis, Townsend (1998). Weary Feet, Rested Souls: A Guided History of the Civil Rights Movement. New York: W. W. Norton & Company. p. 311. ISBN 0-393-04592-7. 
  3. ^ a b c "Jibreel Khazan (Formerly Ezell Blair Jr.)". Video Dialog Inc. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  4. ^ a b c d Chafe, William H. (1980). Civilities and civil rights : Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Black struggle for freedom. New York: Oxford U.P. p. 81. ISBN 0-19-502625-X. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "The A&T Four: February 1st, 1960". The F.D. Bluford Library • North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "FebruaryOne: The Story of the Greensboro Four". PBS. 2008-01-21. 
  7. ^ "A&T History". The F.D. Bluford Library • North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Trescott, Jacqueline (5 February 2010). "50 years later, Greensboro Four get Smithsonian award for civil rights actions". The Washington Post. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Different paths for sit-in leaders". Greensboro News & Record. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2014. 

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