October Honoree:

Benjamin Ruffin

Business Executive

When Benjamin Sylvester Ruffin was growing up in Durham’s West End neighborhood, higher education wasn’t an option for most of his peers.  But years later, as the first African-American chairman of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, he helped assure it was an option for many who followed him. Ruffin, who died in 2006 at age 64, was a business executive whose leadership impacted the education and civil rights communities. He joined the civil rights movement in the early 1960s while a student at North Carolina Central University, working to improve... Read Full Bio

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The Heritage Calendar 2015

The Heritage Calendar honors men and women of all races who have contributed significantly to the lives and experiences of African Americans in the State. In addition to monthly honorees, the calendar also highlights dates of significance in North Carolina and nationally.

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