Jibreel Khazan (Ezell Blair Jr.)

Khazan is one of the original four who took part in the Woolworth sit-ins and a Greensboro native. His father, Ezell Alexander Blair, Sr. was a Greensboro educator. He graduated from Dudley High School in 1959 and received a B.S. in sociology from North Carolina A&T State University in 1963. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, presided by pastor Otis Hairston Sr. Shiloh Baptist had a very active role in the civil rights activities of the day.

While a student at A&T, Khazan was president of the junior class, the student government association, the campus NAACP and the Greensboro Congress for Racial Equality. He attended law school Howard University for almost a year.
In 1965, Khazan moved to New Bedford, Mass. He worked as a teacher and counselor for the developmentally disabled. He became a member of the New England Islamic Center in 1968 and took on his present name.
He married the former Lorraine France George of New Bedford. They have three children, one of whom graduated from N.C.A&T.
In 1994, Khazan received an honorary doctorate from N.C.A&T State University for his role in the civil rights movement.
Discussing the Greensboro sit-in at Mount Wachusett Community College (Mass.) in 2007, Khazan said, "I didn't do this for profit. I did it for love of God, and country, and for those who weren't yet born."

Sources: News & Record Archive; Worcester Telegram & Gazette (Mass.); UNCG's Greensboro Voices

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