WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington native Joseph McNeil, one of the members of the Greensboro Four, will attend and speak at the MLK 50th anniversary commemoration event Wednesday evening.
McNeil and three other North Carolina A&T State University students gained national attention in 1960 when the freshmen refused to get up from a Greensboro "whites-only" lunch counter. Woolworth's store denied the black students service. The now historical sit-in set off a storm of protests.
McNeil, a Williston graduate, would later participate in negotiations between Woolworth's management and the Human Relations Commission following the protests.
In 1963, McNeil earned a degree in engineering physics from NC A&T. He is a retired major general in the United States Air Force and lives in New York.
The other three NC A&T freshmen were Ezell Blair, Jr., Franklin McCain and David Richmond.