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, 2014
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)

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)

Special Events

Annual Gala
Saturday, February 1 at 6 p.m.

The ICRCM’s Annual Gala on February 1 at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center celebrates the 54th anniversary of the 1960 Woolworth lunch counter sit-in protests. The Gala, the Museum’s primary fundraising event for the year, will pay tribute to the late Franklin McCain and the Greensboro Four and will honor renowned songwriter, music and TV producer Quincy Jones and music business pioneer Clarence Avant. Tickets are on sale for $125/person and support the ICRCM’s educational initiatives and operations. Contact Pam Glass-Patrick at 336.294-9199 x230 to purchase tickets.

Documentary Film Screening: February One
Saturday, February 1 (Continuous screenings, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm)
Based on firsthand 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. 

Documentary Film Screening: The Trials of Muhammad Ali
Saturday, February 8 and 15 (Continuous screenings, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm)
This story focuses on famed boxer Muhammad Ali’s toughest bout of all: his battle to overturn the prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. military service. We witness Ali’s exile years when he was banned from boxing and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent. The film by Bill Siegel is presented by Community Cinema.

Saturday Children’s Story Hour

Saturdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22 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 Saturday, February 1 at 11 a.m.
Nakia Hoskins, ICRCM education program assistant, reads Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes by David Roessel & Arnold Rampersad. Hughes's magnificent, powerful words speak to us today. We enjoy such treasured poems such as: “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” “My People,” “Words Like Freedom,” “Harlem,” and “I, Too.” Join us as we read and discuss these poems. You can tell us about your favorite poem by Langston Hughes.  This book is a Black History Month selection.

Children's Story Hour Saturday, February 8 at 11 a.m.
Anita Johnson, ICRCM tour coordinator reads I and I: Bob Marley by Medina Watson.  Born in the Jamaican countryside on February 6, 1945, Bob Marley, even as a curious boy interpreted the world surrounding him, including social injustices he observed. His passionate reggae music spread heartfelt messages of peace, love, and equality throughout the Caribbean and across the world. This Black History Month selection also celebrates Marley’s birthday.

Children's Story Hour Saturday, February 15 at 11 a.m.
Shenele Hinton, ICRCM education program assistant, takes us to East Africa through Seeds of Change: Wangari’s Gift to the World by Jen Cullerton Johnson.  The first African woman and environmentalist to win a Nobel Peace Prize, Wangari Maathai, as a young girl in Kenya learned to respect nature. A trailblazer, Wangari used her knowledge of science and compassion to promote the rights of her countrywomen and to help save the land, one tree at a time.

Children's Story Hour Saturday, February 22 at 11 a.m.
Jeanne Dulin, ICRCM sales associate explores The Secret Life of Mitch Spinach by Hillary Feerick, Jeff Hillenbrand, and Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Mitch Spinach is the nicest, smartest, and strongest kid in his class. In place of recess he solves problems and mysteries at Sunchoke Elementary. He also makes high-powered fruit and vegetable smoothies that give him special powers—super-sonic hearing and night vision! [This is a Let’s Move selection.]

Children's Story HourBob Marley Documentary Screening & Discussion
Friday, February 7 at 1:00 pm
Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend (A film Documentary Screening and Discussion)
In celebration of Bob Marley’s birthday, February 6, this colloquium features a screening of a recent documentary film followed by a discussion. Based on footage shot in the early seventies and lost for more than thirty years, NAACP Image Award winner Esther Anderson takes us on a personal journey to Jamaica and into 56 Hope Road, Kingston, to see and hear the young Bob Marley before he was famous, describing how they brought to the world Reggae music and Rasta consciousness together as one, starting a revolution that would change rock music and contemporary culture.

Marley: The Music, the Message, the Man, (A Post-Screening Discussion)
A discussion featuring filmmakers Esther Anderson and Gian Godoy provide further insight to the documentary described as “the love story behind the legend.” Audience interaction will provide an opportunity to continue an exploration of Marley’s music and message.


First Friday Performance: Music from the Soul
Friday, February 7 at 6:00 pm
Join us for an exploration of the African American experience through music. Percussionist, composer, and educator Larry Q. Draughn’s selections by North Carolina icons Danny Richmond, John Coltrane, Max Roach, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, and Shirley Caesar allow us to experience what he calls “Black Rhythm and Blue Harmony.” Performing artist Emily Morgan Bates—featured in musical and theatrical productions —offers renditions of sacred music with a warm voice that is moving, uplifting, and inspirational. Throughout the evening, composer, arranger, and producer Turner Battle brings his extraordinary talents and versatile interests in jazz and rhythm and blues to the keyboard.

Panel Discussion: The Battle for Civil Rights, 1964-2014
Saturday, February 15 at 2:30 pm
While the Civil Rights Act of 1964 served as a milestone signaling major social change in the United States, fifty years later in 2014, the society appears to be moving backwards. How do we define and fight the major civil rights issues that confront America today? A distinguished panel of jurists—legal scholars and lawyers—explore these issues and filed questions from the audience.

Panelists include:  Professor Eugene Mazo, Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston-Salem, NC; Attorney Jamie Phillips-Cole, Policy and Legal Redress Coordinator, North Carolina National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; and Dean Phyliss Craig-Taylor,  North Carolina Central University School of Law, Durham, NC.

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

Children’s Art Exhibition-A Salute to Civil Rights Icons: An Art Exhibition by Peeler Elementary School Students
Saturday, February 22 at 1:00 pm
Local civil rights history comes to life in the paintings and drawings by elementary school students attending Peeler Elementary of Guilford County Schools. (SIMI’s Room—Children’s Activity Center)


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