Rest in Peace, Franklin McCain

Civil Rights pioneer Franklin McCain, one of the Greensboro Four, passed away on Thursday, January 9, 2014.

On February 1, 1960, Franklin McCain and four other freshman from North Carolina A&T University made history.

The students deliberately sat at a Whites-only lunch counter in Woolworth’s and refused to move, sparking a nationwide sit-in movement.

Sadly, McCain passed away Thursday “after a brief illness at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro,” according to A&T UniversityReports claim McCain was in his early 70s.

In an interview with NPR, McCain had this to say about his life-changing experience:

“Fifteen seconds after I sat on that stool, I had the most wonderful feeling. I had a feeling of liberation, restored manhood; I had a natural high. And I truly felt almost invincible.”

Thank you, McCain, for taking a stand. May you rest in peace.