Building a Better America Through Core Democratic Values
An Educational Initiative for Social Studies Students in Grades 4, 5, 8, and 11

International Civil Rights Center & Museum (ICRCM)—a historic landmark, exhibiting and collecting institution, and educational service organization—promotes an understanding of the struggles for equality, justice, and freedom in the United States and across the world.

ICRCM is located in the former F.W. Woolworth building, the site of the 1960 lunch counter sit-in protest against racially segregated eating accommodations. The Greensboro sit-ins reignited the civil rights movement that would bring an end to “Jim Crow” restrictions.   

Building a Better America through Core Democratic Values
(The Key Components)

Educational Fieldtrip. At the very time that school districts are cutting back on providing educational experiences that require travel to vital cultural and historic sites that are part of the state's (and indeed the nation's) history, we will bring 112,000 social studies students in grades 4, 5, 8, and 11 from across the state to explore ICRCM’s state of the art 16-gallery experience, The Battlegrounds. This 15,000 square feet exhibition—an engaging journey through American civil rights history—features audio/video narratives, photographs, artifacts, vintage newsreel footage, video reenactments, and interactive components that document, with sensitivity, efforts to dismantle racial segregation via non-violent struggles for social change.

Lesson Plans.More than forty (40) lesson plans reinforce an understanding of core democratic values—e.g. liberty, the right to vote, equal protection under the law, and others—conveyed in The Battlegrounds. In fact the lesson plans are designed as pre-visitation classroom exercises, onsite museum activities following the tour, and post-visitation classroom learning experiences. ICRCM curriculum materials align with parameters set forth in North Carolina’s Essential Standards for Social Studies and Common Core Standards for English
Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies. 

Teacher Training. ICRCM will offer onsite seminars as well as webinars to ensure effective implementation of the lesson plans. This training, available for Continuing Education Units (CEUs), starts in Summer 2013.

Recognition of Support. You may help to underwrite admission fees for our students. Each funder’s name will appear on: the ICRCM website, the Building a Better America donor wall in the lobby, and the Annual Report. For donors (foundations, corporations, and individuals) whose funding support is at the level of $5,000 and above, the ICRCM wristband/ticket will read: “Brought to you by … name of donor.”

To support this important program, please download your pledge form here and return to the ICRCM with your donation:

                                                       Corporate Pledge Form                                Individual Pledge Form

What the State Superintendent has said about “Building a Better America …”

“In order for our students to strive for equality in society, we must equip them with the tools to do so. Building America through Core Democratic Valueswill expose them to communication skills and strategies needed to communicate with their peers, and with the increasingly diverse citizenry in our state and nation. Inspired by knowledge and outfitted with strategies, our students will be prepared to lead their communities, our state, and our nation down a path of greater equality.”  

                                                                                                                            June St. Clair Atkinson, Ed. D.
                                                                                                                            State Superintendent
                                                                                                                            North Carolina Department of Public Instruction