Michaux is a Durham lawyer and businessman and a longtime influential member of the North Carolina legislature. He earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from NCCU. He was elected to the State House of Representatives from a Durham district three times in the 1970s. In 1977, he was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to be U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina. He returned to the legislature in 1984 and has been reelected ever since. He has been a staunch advocate of higher education, and has fought for adequate funding for NCCU and other minority universities.
He 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. In 2007, NCCU named its School of Education in his honor. Last year, during the university’s Centennial celebration, Michaux was one of six inaugural recipients of the Shepard Medallion, recognizing a lifetime of service to the university and society. The medallion bears the name of NCCU founder Dr. James E. Shepard.
The announcement from the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation said Michaux is being recognized for his extraordinary contributions in community service and governmental relations. The induction will take place in a ceremony Sept. 23 in Atlanta.