9/11 mastermind graduated from an HBCU

By Frederick H. Lowe

Monday was the 16th anniversary of 9/11,  when more than 3,000 people were killed after two commercial jets deliberately slammed into the twin towers of New York City’s World Trade Center. A third plane crashed into the Pentagon. Another commercial aircraft destined for the White House crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, before reaching its intended destination.

Kahlid Sheik Mohammed

Khalid Sheik Mohammed, a leader in al Qaeda, was mastermind of the attacks, according to the 9/11 Commission Report.

Before Mohammed was associated with 9/11, he attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, a historically black college in Greensboro, N.C.

The school’s alumni include actress Tara P. Henson, astronaut Ronald McNair and civil rights leader Jesse Jackson Sr. His son, former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., is also a graduate.

North Carolina A&T is the nation’s largest public Historically Black College or University in the nation. It was founded as a land grant college in 1890.

Mohammed received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from North Carolina A&T in 1986, completing his degree in 2 ½ years.

Mohammed who was 5’ 4’’ and weighed 135 pounds, was known as a good student and a funny guy. He also would help other students who were having trouble with their subjects.

Khalid Sheik Mohammed

And he would make other people laugh, his classmates said.

Mohammed lived off campus in an apartment complex with other students from the Middle East. When he wasn’t making people laugh or tutoring other students, he pretty much kept to himself.

Where is he now? Since September 6, 2006, he has been held in a military prison in Guantanamo, Cuba. It is not clear when or if he will face charges related to 9/11.

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