|Rep. Henry M. Michaux Jr.|
North Carolina Central University alumnus and state Rep. Henry M. Michaux Jr. was named as a 2016 Humanitarian of the Year by the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP. He will be recognized for his lifelong commitment and outstanding contributions to voting rights and civil rights in Raleigh at the 32nd annual celebration on Feb. 27.
In 1972, Michaux became the first black representative in the North Carolina state legislature. He continues to serve in that post and is the longest serving member of the North Carolina House of Representatives. He holds a bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor degree from NCCU.
Michaux is a Durham lawyer and businessman who was elected three times to the State House of Representatives from Durham in the 1970s. In 1977, he was appointed by former President Jimmy Carter as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina. He returned to the legislature in 1984 and has been reelected ever since. He has been a staunch advocate of higher education and has fought for adequate funding for NCCU and other minority universities.
Michaux also served three terms as the national president of the NCCU Alumni Association, as well as terms as a member of the Board of Trustees and of the Board of Directors of the NCCU Foundation. In 2007, NCCU named its School of Education in his honor. During the university’s centennial celebration, Michaux was a recipient of the Shepard Medallion, recognizing a lifetime of service to the university and society. The medallion bears the name of NCCU founder Dr. James E. Shepard.