Havelock Middle students learn of fight for racial equality

Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 08:58 PM.

McCabe had a career as a New York City police officer before he returned home to become the first African-American man to serve three terms as chief of the Harlowe Volunteer Fire Department.

"God has given me a gift and I have achieved a lot in my time," said McCabe.

Also honored Friday was Gerald Johnson, a long-time Craven County School administrator and former assistant principal at Havelock Middle.

"His motto is ‘I don’t teach to make a living. I teach to make a life,’" Wallace said during his introduction of Johnson, whom he also described as a friend, mentor, confidant and trailblazing leader.

"My mother told me to study hard because once you got it up here," Johnson said, pointing to his head, "nobody can take it away from you."

"You are destined to be somebody," Johnson told the students gathered at the event. "Take your neighbor by the hand and say ‘Neighbor, I am somebody and so are you.’"

Johnson told the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders not to waste the opportunity to obtain an education.

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