Summary: pioneering civil rights leader and one of four black freshman students from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro who sat down at the local Woolworth's "whites only" lunch counter on Feb. 1, 1960 and sparked a movement of nonviolent sit-in protests across the South, but who had later served on his alma mater's board of trustees as a research chemist, then spent four years on the governing board of the 17-campus system.
Cause of Death: Complications from a respiratory disease
Born: January 3, 1941
Died: January 9, 2014
Location: Greensboro, South Carolina