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.


July 2012

Celebrating Independence and Family

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.

In Forty Days and Forty Nights, nationally acclaimed photographer Donn Young, takes us on a journey to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina—one of the country’s deadliest natural disasters. While he allows us to witness the ravaging effects of the torrent, he shows us the determination of the city’s residents to return, clean up, and rebuild. Young’s studio, flooded during the deluge, experienced the loss of more than 1.5 million images from a 35-year career.

Saturday Children’s Story Hour

Saturdays, July 7, 14, 21, and 28 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 and illustrated for children, ages 5-12. At least once each month, one of the books will focus on either healthy food choices or 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.

July 7          Erick Noble, ICRCM education program assistant, reads the heartwarming story, A Picnic in October by Eve Bunting. On his first time visit to the Statue of Liberty, a little boy on a picnic with his Italian immigrant grandparents develops an understanding of the true meaning of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” He also learns why America’s independence is so important to his grandparents and other immigrant families.

July 14        Rahsheem Shabazz, actor and ICRCM education program assistant, transports us to another time and place in The Bicycle Man by Allen Say. This charming tale of hope, friendship, and fun, is set in post World War II Japan, an occupied country damaged by war. When two American soldiers stop at a Japanese school playground, they entertain the students with bicycle riding tricks. Their exchange occurs in spite of cultural and language differences.

July 21             Justin Williams, ICRCM intern, shares Of Thee I Sing! A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama. In this inspiring message, we look into the lives of “larger than life” figures such as George Washington, Sitting Bull, Jane Adams, Helen Keller, Jackie Robinson, Cesar Chavez, Maya Lin, and others who exemplify American ideals. Of course the heroic traits of these great persons can be seen also be seen in America’s children today.

July 28       Elizabeth Baker, ICRCM intern, reads The Monster Health Book: A Guide to Eating Healthy, Being Active, and Feeling Great for Monsters & Kids by Edward Miller. This book introduces children to a friendly green monster who strives to make healthy choices in his everyday life. Learn about the importance of food groups, nutrients, sleep, and exercise. And know that you, too, can make healthy decisions on your own each and every day.

First Friday Performance

Friday July 6, 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy First Friday with us as we celebrate family and American independence with WNAA disc jockey, Jimmy Jam for our “old school” record hop. This is followed by Willie Mason & Friends performing gospel music rooted in the African American worship experience. This legendary ensemble travels extensively across America “raising the sounds of joy,” hope, and good news!


Thursday, July 19, 6:00-8:00 p.m.—A Documentary Film Screening and Discussion
The Loving Story
Join us for a screening and discussion of the HBO documentary film, The Loving Story, based on the lives of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial married couple who challenged the anti-miscegenation “Jim Crow” traditions in their home state of Virginia. The film reveals their poignant struggles from the time of their marriage in 1958 to a US Supreme Court ruling in 1967. The white husband and the black and Native American wife merely wanted recognition of their mixed race marriage. Following the screening, engage in a discussion with Reginald and Celeste Hodges, an interracial couple from North Carolina, as they share experiences regarding mixed marriages today.   

Saturday, July 21, 3:00-4:30p.m.—In the News: Headlines and Headliners
Affordable Health Care: A Supreme Court Ruling and Its Meaning for Everyone
Participate in a discussion about the recent ruling by the US Supreme Court ruling declaring the Affordable Care Act constitutional. Panelists include Attorney David Freedman and Health Insurance Specialist Brian Thacker.  Come with your questions and comments regarding the meaning of the ruling, who it affects most, and why you agree or disagree with the decision. We welcome all perspectives at this lively discussion.

Documentary Films

July 7, 8, 14, 21, 22, 28, and 29 (Saturdays and Sundays) 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Our featured documentary, “Faces of America,” narrated by Henry Louis Gates Jr., explores the
background of 12 talented Americans who represent the various ethnic and racial groups that comprise
this nation.