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.


December 2012

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) 

Explore Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights, based on photographs, personal letters, quotations from speeches, and newspaper articles. Suzman (1917-2009) felt the brunt of anti-Semitism. Yet she is remembered as a friend of Nelson Mandela and a relentless challenger of her country’s system of racial separation, known as apartheid. Twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Suzman received the United Nations Award of the International League for Human Rights. 

Saturday Children’s Story Hour

Saturdays, December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 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 each 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.

December 1        If A Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks by Faith Ringgold invites us on a magical journey to school with Marcia. The “talking” bus she boards explains how Mrs. Parks stood up against segregation on the city bus, and became known as the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement. At the end of the awesome trip, Marcie even meets Mrs. Parks and other distinguished guests at a birthday party! What a story she now has to share!  

December 8      The Night Before Christmas in Africa by Jesse Foster takes us to the plains region of South Africa where it is hot and dry this time of year. But on December 24th, Father Christmas arrives in a donkey cart pulled by six kudu (antelopes) and a black rhinoceros to deliver toys, sweets, and more. But can he bring rain? After all, this is what everyone wants during the dry season. [After the story, see the exhibition, Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights in the Changing Gallery.]

December 15      A Hanukkah Treasury by Eric A. Kimmel helps us explore the significance of the eight-day festival of lights, a beloved Jewish holiday. Through familiar legends we learn that a tiny band of heroes - armed with their faith in God - miraculously defeated a mighty empire. The joyous celebration is also filled with delicious foods prepared from well-known recipes, children’s games, and contemporary stories too.            

December 22      Circle of Wonder: A Native American Christmas Story by N. Scott Momaday reveals the extraordinary experience of young Tolo from New Mexico. Upon the death of his beloved grandfather, the boy sinks into loneliness. But on Christmas day Tolo follows his grandfather’s spirit to a bonfire in the mountains. When he joins a “circle of wonder” with the animals, and sees a connection to all lif - including his family and the Christ chil - his sorrow leaves.  

December 29      Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis allows us to see the seven principles lived in day-to-day life. In the country of Ghana, seven brothers must learn to work cooperatively to turn their inheritance - seven spools of colorful threads - into gold. They weave a multihued cloth that is much admired for its great beauty. In fact the king’s treasurer purchases the textile for the sum of one bag of gold! Our wealth comes when we learn to “pull together” in unity 

First Friday Performance

Friday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy sounds of the Holiday Season! Aycock Middle School Drumline and Dancers ignite our festivities with rhythmic cadences and choreography. These talented students have performed in the homecoming parades of NCA&T State, Winston-Salem State, and Howard Universities. Dionn Owen & Renaissance of Winston-Salem renders holiday and spiritual inspirational music. The group has performed with Yolanda Adams, Bobby Jones, and other gospel vocalists. Children may also visit the “make and take” ornament table where they will create treasured keepsakes for their homes.


Saturday, December 1, 3:00 p.m.
Post Apartheid South Africa
Gain insight into South Africa as Dr. Omar Ali, cultural anthropologist, CNN contributor, and associate professor of African American and Diaspora Studies at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, offers socio-political perspectives on the country’s apartheid and post-apartheid eras. Dr. Ali highlights the legacy of Helen Suzman in the evolution of South Africa today. [See Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights in the Changing Gallery.] 

Saturday, December 22, 3:00 p.m.
A Book Signing with Emma Hairston Belle
Meet Emma Hairston Belle, daughter of Greensboro’s legendary Rev. Otis Hairston, Sr. (1918-2000), an advocate for social justice and long term Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church.  She will share the recently published book, Words of a Good Shepherd, she edited with an introduction about her father and his ministry, along with a selection of his inspirational messages, speeches, and editorials.  In 1960, this bold advocate for justice encouraged the college freshmen, now known as the A&T Four, to confront segregationist traditions at the local F. W. Woolworth lunch counter.

Saturday, December 29 at 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Ujamaa: A Kwanza Celebration
Kwanzaa time is here! Join us as we observe the principal of ujamaa, cooperative economics. During this exciting evening of cultural engagement we pour the customary libations, conduct a candle lighting ceremony, enjoy the music and choreography of the Kuumba Dance Group, learn about opportunities for community building and sharing, shop at the African Marketplace, and take part in a delicious food tasting. Activities for children include a film, storytelling, and make-and take arts and crafts. Baba Ifaniyi Akintunde speaks on ujamaa, the principle of the day. [Sponsored by the Greensboro Kwanza Collective ( and ICRCM]

Documentary Films

Saturdays and Sundays, December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 30 at 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights (continuous screenings)
This documentary on Helen Suzman explores the life of a dedicated crusader for justice during South Africa’s apartheid era. [See the companion exhibition, Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights in the Changing Gallery.]