The original portion of the lunch counter and stools where the four students sat on Feb. 1, 1960, has never been moved from its original footprint.


August, 2013

David Richmond Franklin McCain Ezell Blair, Jr.
(Jibreel Khazan)
Joseph McNeil             
The A&T Four, photographed by Jack Moebes on February 1, 1960, as they left the F.W. Woolworth store in downtown Greensboro. When, they sat down and requested to be served at the store's segregated white's only lunch counter, a sit-in movement swept across the country like wildfire. Their courageous action helped to reignite the civil rights movement and bring an end to "Jim Crow" traditions. Moebes was staff photographer for the Greensboro Daily News and the Greensboro Record.

Museum admission fees - Adults $10.00; Seniors & Students (13 years and up) $8.00; Youth (6-12 years) $6.00; Children under 6 years free—includes access to all exhibitions and programs. Fees for access to programs only are: Adults, Senior Citizens and Students, $6.00; and Youth, $4.00.

Exhibition Tours

Experience the permanent exhibition with guided tours offered each day.
Explore the history of the American civil rights movement with a guided tour of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum’s permanent exhibition, The Battlegrounds. This engaging encounter, introduced with a captivating audio/video narrative, includes a journey through time via pictorials, artifacts, video reenactments, and interactive components.  

See these exhibitions on your own (before or after your guided tour).
View And Still I Rise!, a tribute to an outstanding array of celebrated artists and gifted athletes who broke racially restrictive barriers with relentless determination.

Witness A Celebration of Progress, a mural depicting the evolution of Greensboro from the days of segregation to a period of time when a sense of access, symbolized by drinking fountains, is no longer based on race. The mural, painted by participating youth in the Murals, Minds, & Communities of the African American Atelier, was conceived and directed by Darlene J. Glenn-McClinton. (Located on the administrative level) 

Relive Dr. King and the March on Washington. We walk side by side with the 250,000 who assembled in the nation’s capital on August 28, 1963, as they rallied for needed social changes: the right to vote, equality of opportunity in employment, desegregated schools, fair housing, and access to public accommodations without regard to race. “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom”—at that time the largest demonstration ever on the mall—attracted black and white, young and old, and those from varied religious backgrounds. It was here that Dr. King proclaimed “I have a dream” for a transformed America. The exhibition was organized by the staff of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum. (Located in the Changing Gallery on the lower level)

Saturday Children’s Story Hour

Saturdays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 at 11:00 a.m.
Join dynamic leaders in our community as they conduct a story hour at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. After the stories, children will complete their very own make-and-take arts activity. All books are written for children, and are geared toward ages 5-12. At least once a month, one of the books will focus on healthy food choices and fitness activities. In this way, ICRCM, along with 500 other cultural organizations, participates in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move: Museums & Gardens, an initiative aimed at reducing childhood obesity. The Saturday Children’s Story Hour is generously supported by a grant from the Gannett Foundation.

First Friday Performance

Children's Story Hour

Friday, August 2 at 6:00 p.m.
Join us at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom through poetry and music.

Our lineup of performing artists includes:

Free and open to the public!

Voices of the March On Washington:
Looking Back & Moving Forward

Children's Story Hour

Wednesday, August 28 at 6:00 p.m.
In the nation’s capital fifty years ago—August 28, 1963—civil rights organizations  assembled a groundswell of  250,000 ordinary citizens for a history making  event, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Our program looks back and asks: What vision did the marchers have for a changing America? Did they accomplish their objectives? What do we learn from this march about implementing social and political change in our society today?  What are the civil rights issues that engage us today?

Our panelists include:

James Shields, Guilford College; Barbara Lawrence,  J.D., attorney at law; Lea Williams,  Ed.D., author of Servants of the People; Mandy Carter, National Black Justice Coalition; Sharon Warren Cook,  Ph.D., North Carolina A&T State University; and Bamidele A. Demerson, International Civil Rights Center & Museum.

*Cost: $6.00 for Adults, Seniors & Students;$4.00 for Youth. FREE for Museum Members!

Reel Black Love
A Documentary Film Screening & Discussion

Children's Story Hour

Thursday, August 29 at 6:00 p.m.
Join us for a screening of Reel Black Love, a documentary film that offers a critique of African American romance as portrayed in film. Narrated by Sheryl Lee Ralph, the documentary features commentaries by 70 actors, directors, producers, and critics including Nia Long, Diahann Carroll, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Lynn Whitfield, and the late Roger Ebert. They explore how depictions in film nfluence—positively or negatively—our understanding of black people and the importance of romance in their lives.

Following the screening, share your views with us in a spirited discussion led by filmmaker Darryl Pitts  and Sharon Warren Cook, professor of social work at North Carolina A&T State University.

This insightful and engaging film has shown to crowds in such venues as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York), DuSable Museum of African American History (Chicago), and the Indiana Black Expo (Indianapolis).

*Cost $10.00.

Past Events

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December, 2012
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