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The Honorable H. M. “Mickey” Michaux and former Chancellor James H. Ammons reveal the newly installed lettering for the H.M. Michaux, Jr. School of Education while Mrs. June Michaux looks on.
From left to right, NCCU BOT Chair Cressie H. Thigpen, Jr., Mrs. June Michaux, the Honorable H.M. “Mickey” Michaux, Chancellor James H. Ammons, and Provost Beverly Washington Jones pose at the gate to the newly named H.M. Michaux, Jr. School of Education.

North Carolina Central University paid tribute to the Honorable Henry M. “Mickey” Michaux, Jr., with the naming of the School of Education in his honor.   Elected officials, representatives of the University of North Carolina System, NCCU Board of Trustees (BOT) and faculty and staff stopped traffic on the corner of Lincoln and Cecil Streets on the NCCU campus, to view the unveiling of one of the signs bearing the new name for the School, the H. M. Michaux, Jr. School of Education.

“It gives me great pleasure to see to it that one champion of the people – one true champion for education and a champion for the cause of North Carolina Central University is well and forever recognized for his service,” said Chancellor James H. Ammons.  “It will proclaim for all time the distinction of his nearly 30 years of service to this state as an elected representative.” 

Michaux was elected to the State House of Representatives in 1972, 1974, 1976, and 1984 through to the present.  He was a founding member and served as the first chairman of the N.C. Black Leadership Caucus and he has served as a staunch supporter of his alma mater, North Carolina Central University, where he received both his bachelor’s and juris doctorate degrees. 

According to NCCU BOT Chair, Attorney Cressie H. Thigpen, Jr., “Few NCCU alumni have done more to support this university than Mickey Michaux.  This dedication of the building in his name is a very appropriate recognition of all that he has done for NCCU.”

Michaux 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, Inc.

NCCU’s Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Beverly Washington Jones praised someone she recognized as a long-time friend, “He’s always believed in education and in continuous education.  He has accomplished so much in his role as a legislator.”

In response, the honoree, Rep. Michaux shared the dedication with all those who have supported him throughout his career.  “I’m humbled by this honor,” said Michaux.  “It’s really a tribute to the many friends and family, especially my mother and father, and the electorate of Durham who have helped me and pushed me along the way.”

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Published: Monday, July 02, 2007
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