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.


April, 2014

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)

The Art of Activism: Civil Rights History on US Stamps
Through the work of such prominent African American visual artists as Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden, we rediscover milestones in Civil Rights history. The themes reproduced on US postage stamps range from the integration of the armed services following World War II, to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (Located in the Changing Exhibitions Gallery)

First Friday - Celebration of Jazz & Poetry
Friday, April 4 at 6:00 p.m.
Join us for an evening of poetry, music, and dance in observance of National Poetry & Jazz Appreciation Month.

The Dawn of a New Fulfillment: Equal Justice Under the Law 50 Years after the 1964 Civil Rights Act
Friday, April 11 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Speakers will include:
Mark Dorosin: "Revival of Plessy: The New Challenge of School Re-segregation"
Sarah Preston: "The Battle Over Reproductive Justice: Politicians in the Doctor’s Office"
Daryl Atkinson: "Racialized Mass Incarceration: The New Jim Crow?"
Alyson Grine : "Raising Race in North Carolina Criminal Cases"
Anita Earls and Professor Kareem Crayton: "The Impact of Voter Suppression Laws on the American Democratic Ideas"
James Ferguson II: "Commemorating Legal Scholar and Civil Rights Giant-Julius Chambers"

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Letter From a Birmingham Jail: What is Its Relevance Today?
Saturday, April 19 at 2:30 p.m.

During the April 1963 campaign against racial segregation in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Martin Luther King was incarcerated. From a cell he penned an open letter to his critics—members of the clergy. The widely published letter served as a key point of reference in the Civil Rights Movement of that day. In it, King defended nonviolent resistance to unjust laws, asserted that "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere," and asked whether we will become "extremists" for hate or for love.

More than 50 years later, does this document hold relevance for us today? Join an engaging discussion on activism and social change in twenty-first century America led by: Rev. Reggie Weaver, Pastor, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, NC Dr. Love Crossling, Director, Human Relations Department, City of Greensboro, NC Dr. Wayne Moore, Professor, School of Social Work, NCA&TSU and UNCG, Greensboro, NC

Admission Fee: Adults: $6.00 Students: $4.00 Museum Members: Free

Greensboro Police Reform:
Creating a Model of Justice & Accountability

Saturday, April 26 at 2:30 p.m.

Current news media coverage has often focused on charges of police misconduct, racial profiling, brutality, and excessive force resulting in deaths. Many citizens, alarmed about the possible violation of civil rights, have called for the creation of review boards to monitor law enforcement personnel. Participate in a community forum discussing the merits of a police review board for the City of Greensboro.

This discussion is led by: Barbara Lawrence, MPA, JD, Assistant Professor, Justice and Policy Studies, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC James P. Mayes, MA, JD, Interim Chair, Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC

This program is part of In the News: Headlines and Headliners, a current events forum underwritten by American Express Philanthropy.

Admission Fee: Adults: $6.00 Students: $4.00 Museum Members: Free

Saturday Children’s Story Hour

Saturdays, April 5, 12, 19 and 26 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.

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