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.


February, 2013
Celebrating Black History!

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, February 2, 9, 16, and 23 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.

Children's Story Hour

February 2
Anita Johnson, ICRCM Tour Coordinator reads A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman by David Adler. Travel back in time when Harriet lived in slavery and determined that she would fight such mistreatment. We relive her escape. We learn that she went back to free 300 more and thereby became the most celebrated conductor on the Underground Railroad. Today, as then, her great heroism inspires and captivates audiences of all ages. [A Black History Month selection]

A Bus of Our Own February 9
Nakia Hoskins, ICRCM education program assistant reads A Bus of Our Own by Freddi Williams Evans. Mable Jean wants to go to school, but she has to walk five miles to get there. She wonders why the black kids do not have a bus, too. This book is based on real life events of a community that banded together to help its children get an education. [A Black History Month selection]




Liberty's Voice: The Emma Lazarus Story
February 16
Shenele Hinton, ICRCM education program assistant, reads Liberty’s Voice: The Story of  Emma Lazarus by Erica Silverman. The poem, “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus is about the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France to the USA. “Huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” captured a desire of Eastern European immigrants, and rallied Americans around the idea of freedom.




The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk FoodFebruary 23
Jeanne Dulin, ICRCM sales associate reads The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food by Stan Berenstain. As members of the family devour junk food and sweets, they begin to pack on the pounds. Mama Bear notices that her family needs to make a change. Follow this exciting story as the Berenstain Bears find new, enjoyable ways to eat healthy. [A Let’s Move selection]



First Friday Performance

Friday, February 1 at 6:00 p.m.
A Tribute to the Heroes of February 1
Start celebrating Black History Month with A Tribute to the Heroes of February The Yvonne Johnson Singers from James B. Dudley High School and Bennett College Choir offer traditional spirituals and songs rooted in the black church. The Northern Guilford High School Wind Ensemble performance includes “Gathering Places,” composed by Pierre LaPlante, in honor of the establishment of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum. Rounding out the evening is the True Vine Pentecostal Praise Team with a spirit-filled repertoire that conveys messages of hope.


Saturday, February 2 (Continuous screenings starting at 11:00 am)
Remembering the 1960 Sit-Ins to End Segregation
One Family’s Stories: The Blairs of Greensboro. In an ICRCM interview, Sheila Blair Cheng reveals that social activism against injustice is often “a family affair.” (Cheng is the sister of Jibreel Khazan [Ezell Blair, Jr.] of the A&T Four.)
February One. Based on first had accounts, we learn about the lunch counter sit-in at the F.W. Woolworth store in Greensboro. Initiated by four black college freshmen—Ezell Blair, Jr., Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil, and David Richmond—the sit-in tactic spread across the nation in an effort to end racial segregation in the public arena. 


Sunday, February 3, at 4:00 p.m.
A Black History Month Concert in Commemoration of February One
Join us for an afternoon concert featuring the Spiritual Renaissance Singers of Greensboro, under the direction of Patricia Trice. The group performs a selection of unaccompanied arrangements of African American spirituals. This recital will surely lift spirits as we commemorate February One and celebrate the beginning of Black History Month 2013.


Friday and Saturday, February 8 and 9 at 7:00 p.m.;
Sunday, February 10 at 3:00 p.m.
The Barren Room by Andre Minkins and Will Boone (A theatrical production)
ICRCM in collaboration with 7 AM Productions presents a world premiere theater production depicting eugenics projects and the devastating effects upon U.S. families. This multimedia drama takes a critical look at the perpetrators and their victims. The hospitals were “mum,” and the newspapers “blind,” and no one heard their cries... but we speak and tell all from "the barren room.”


Saturday, February 9, at 3:00 p.m.
Segregation in Public Schools: A Retrospective Look (A panel discussion)
Join us as educators from across the state take a look back at segregation in North Carolina schools. Dr. Dudley Flood, Mr. Fred Cundiff, Sr., Mrs. Hyla Cundiff, Ms. Annie Abbott, and Mr. Alexander Watson discuss their experiences working at a time when schools and neighborhoods functioned as a “village” to educate black children. During this era black schools constantly struggled with inadequate facilities, resources, and materials. Yet teachers overcame these constraints with extraordinary dedication and provided quality instruction. Our educators—whose combined experience in North Carolina schools exceeds 100 years of service—will share their insights on educating black children in segregated settings and comment on the challenges facing black children in integrated schools today.


Friday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m.
The Meeting by Jeff Stetson (A theatrical production)
Set in a Harlem hotel, this fictionalized account, depicts the secret meeting of two of the Civil Rights Movement’s most important icons: Minister Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Differing in their philosophies, but alike in their mutual respect, the two men debate their varying approaches to the same grave social problems, as both reveal to one another how they are prepared to die for their beliefs. Directed by Andre Minkins and featuring actors from the Piedmont Triad, this play is presented by 7 AM Productions in collaboration with the ICRCM.


Saturday, February 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Black Wall Street, Durham, North Carolina
Parrish Street in Durham, North Carolina—dubbed in the early twentieth century as “Black Wall Street”—was known as the location for numerous successful black-owned businesses, including North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company and Mechanics and Farmers Bank. This area of the South thrived in the midst of “Jim Crow” segregation. Join us for a discussion led by Kimberly Moore of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance and Dr. Jerry Gershenhorn, professor of history at North Carolina Central University about this unique business community.  Their insights will help us frame a perspective on the possibilities and constraints regarding black economic empowerment in the twenty-first century.


Saturday, February 23 at 3:00 p.m.
 In the News: Headlines and Headliners
Guns, Gun Violence, and Mental Health: Civil Rights and Civil Wrongs
Aurora, Colorado, Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and Newtown, Connecticut are among the cities and states across the country to receive attention for senseless acts of violence carried out by those in possession of guns. Legislators, jurists, medical doctors, social scientists, and citizens from all walks of life are weighing in on the wide ranging discussions—from the right to own firearms, to gun control measures, to the mental health dimensions of violence, to the rights to a safe environment. Our dialogue on these and related issues is led by: Gail Neely, North Carolinians against Gun Violence; and Kevin B. Dowling, Greensboro attorney of criminal and family law.[In the News: Headlines and Headliners is a monthly forum made possible with the generous support of American Express Philanthropy.


Documentary Film

Sunday, February 10 and 17 at 4:00 p.m.
Community Cinema at ICRCM
The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights
ICRCM collaborates with Community Cinema to bring a new independent documentary film to the Piedmont Triad area each month. These films will later be broadcast on PBS. Whitney M. Young, Jr. was one of the most celebrated and controversial leaders of the civil rights era. As executive director of the National Urban League, he took the struggle for equality directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three presidents.

Past Events

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