DURHAM, NC (WTVD) — Durham State Rep. Mickey Michaux, 87, is retiring after nearly 45 years in politics. He’s the dean of the General Assembly who insists that at the beginning, he had zero interest in being a politician.
That is until a good friend finally convinced him to run. Martin Luther King Jr. (Yes, that Martin Luther King Jr.) pressed Michaux that he would make a good political leader.
Michaux listened to MLK. And the rest is history.
“(My family) never saw my father give up his seat at the head of the dining room table. He did it for Martin,” Michaux recalled.
That was Durham in the late 1950s and early ’60s when Michaux would bring King to his parents’ home on Formosa Avenue for dinner.
Long before Michaux won his seat at the State House in 1972, he was the son of a prominent Durham family growing up near what became NC Central University.
“It was NC College for Negroes during that time,” Michaux said. And the college and its surrounding neighborhood was also a magnet for some of the brightest stars of black academia and the arts.
When Michaux was a boy, he might find W.E.B.