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.


January, 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)

Saturday Children’s Story Hour

Saturdays, January 4, 11, 18, 25 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.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observances

All events are free and open to the public!

First Friday, January 3 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a celebration of the life and legacy of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our program features:

Saturday, January 18

Story Hour (for children, ages 5-12, and their families)
11:00a.m.        Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King by Jean Marzollo
“Martin Luther King wanted people to be able to go places together, and love one another in peace. Because he worked so hard for freedom and helped so many people to gain it, we honor him every year on his special day.” (Changing Exhibitions Gallery)

“I Have a Dream” Community Youth Concert
1:00p.m.          Sacred music inspired civil rights activists and affirmed the righteousness of their struggle. Youth choirs, a band, and a mime group from the Piedmont Triad perform spirituals and gospel music dedicated to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Auditorium)

Master of Ceremony, Walter Johnson, Minister and gospel artist; and Performers, Jesus Our Victory Youth Choir & Liturgical Dancers, Greensboro, NC; Mount Zion Baptist Church Youth Choir, Greensboro, NC; Jerusalem UHC Mime Ministry, Reidsville, NC; Westminster Presbyterian Church Youth Band, Greensboro, NC; Union Grove Baptist Church Youth Choir, Hurdle Mills, NC; God’s Place of Worship & Deliverance Youth Choir, Greensboro, NC; and Elliott Cheek, Orator, Greensboro, NC

Monday, January 20
MLK Day Activities for Children

Story Hour (for children, ages 5-12, and their families)
12:30p.m.        Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King by Jean Marzollo
“Martin Luther King wanted people to be able to go places together, and love one another in peace. Because he worked so hard for freedom and helped so many people to gain it, we honor him every year on his special day.” (Changing Exhibitions Gallery)

Fun Ways to Learn about Dr. King
1:00 p.m.         Join us as we learn about Dr. King and the struggle for civil rights through a variety of games, puzzles, and art-making activities. Win prizes too! 

Let Freedom Ring
A Concert by Clara Peck Elementary School Orchestra
1:30p.m.          Talented violinists and a chorus from Peck, a local Guilford County School, will be joined by instructors and students from the Department of Music at UNC-Greensboro in a concert celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Auditorium)

“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”
An Art Exhibition by Clara Peck Elementary School Students
2:30p.m.          Students from Peck Elementary display their artwork depicting people, places, and events of America’s civil rights struggle. Guests are encouraged to make donations of money or books to the Media Center of Clara Peck Elementary School. (SIMI’s Room)

MLK Day Activities for Adults

Martin Luther King: “I Have a Dream”
A Documentary Film
3:30p.m.          The 1963 the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, then the largest civil rights demonstration, occurred in our nation’s capital. This film documents the era, the fervor for social change, and how Dr. King’s oratory inspired a nation. (Auditorium)

From Birmingham to Memphis
The Sycamore Project, Charlotte, NC
5:00p.m.          A dance and drama production traces the civil rights movement from the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, to the 1968 sanitization’s worker’s strike in Memphis, Tennessee where Dr. King was slain.

A Knock at Midnight
A Panel Discussion on the Relevance of Dr. King for Civil Rights Struggles Today
5:45p.m.          A reading of excerpts from Dr. King’s sermon, A Knock at Midnight, serves as a backdrop for a discussion on local and national issues such as immigration, homelessness, military engagement vs. peaceful negotiation, women’s concerns, and gay rights.

Panelists include:
Mandy Carter, Co-founder, National Black Justice Coalition, Washington, DC; Maria Sanchez-Boudy, Executive Director, Hispanic Arts Initiative, Winston-Salem, NC; Robert J. Wineburg, Ph.D., Professor of Social Work, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Greensboro, NC; Derick Smith, Professor of Political Science, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC.

Guantánamo Public Memory Project
Traveling Exhibit

December 12, 2013 - January 31, 2014
What comes to mind when you hear “Guantánamo”? A prison? A military base? What about a place of refuge? Or your home? In the post-9/11 era, it’s hard to think of the American naval base at Guantánamo Bay (GTMO) as anything but a detention facility. However, Public History Master’s Students at UNC Greensboro have uncovered a rich set of stories about the base that they are featuring in a new exhibition, The Guantánamo Public Memory Project, which opens December 12, 2013.

Exhibit visitors will encounter rich personal stories, learn how the U.S. Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay has impacted individual lives, and explore how American foreign policy has shaped the base for more than a century. Visitors will also get to add their own voices to the GTMO debate by submitting their opinions via text messaging.

(Admission to the exhibit is free during public programs. On other days, admission is included with a regular ticket purchase to the museum: $10 adults and $8 students with i.d.)

"Voices from Guantánamo"
Cultural Events Series (admission free)

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