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.


June 2012

Black Music Month

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.

Saturday Children’s Story Hour

Saturdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 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, especially 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 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 grants from Lincoln Financial and Gannett Foundations.

June 2             Brandon Brockington, ICRCM education program assistant, presents The Sound That Jazz Makes by Carole Boston Weatherford.  The award-winning picture book traces the evolution of jazz from its African origins to its present-day fusion into rap and hip hop. Through this vibrant art form, we explore how African Americans used rhythmic melodies as a means of enduring adversities, celebrating triumphs, and creating a rich heritage. Children will enjoy listening to music audio clips making the story come to life.

June 9             Brantly Grier, ex-offender consultant, shares Father’s Day by Anne Rockwell. Readers are given a glimpse into Mrs. Madoff’s classroom where students create original illustrated books about their fathers to present as special gifts on Father’s Day. Students learn the value in what truly makes up a family as they take a moment to honor fatherhood. The story showcases diverse family backgrounds and also provides basic, engaging instruction for children interested in learning how to write a book.
June 16           Sandra Jones, Triad actress and singer, reads Freedom’s Gifts: A Juneteenth Story by Valerie Wesley. The story explores the significance of freedom and Juneteenth—the commemorative day when African Americans in Texas learned of their freedom in 1865. Cousins June and Lillie represent the cultural paradox of North vs. South as Lillie—visiting from New York—appears uninterested in the African-American holiday. Their great-aunt lovingly provides Lillie with the origin behind Juneteenth, later resulting in her genuine appreciation for the historic day.
June 23           Marsha Williams, executive director, Guilford County Animal Shelter, narrates the heartfelt tale Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival by Mary Nethery and Kirby Lawson. Bob Cat and Bobbi —a cat and dog duo— are abandoned in New Orleans in the distressed aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. This poignant story of uncommon friendship illustrates the remarkable survival of these courageous animals –one blinded and both without tails—who are later rescued by an animal shelter and placed in a new home together.

June 30          Lula Burns, retired educator, shares Eat Healthy, Feel Great by William Sears, Martha Sears and Christie Watts Kelly focuses on healthy eating tips.  Using a “traffic light” approach to help children identify nutritious eating choices, we learn about “green light”, “yellow light”, and “red light” foods.  With quick and easy recipes for children to follow, we learn that the journey towards eating healthy and feeling great can be rewarding and fun.  (Along the way, we do not even miss the food pyramid.)

First Friday Performance

Friday June 1, 6:00 p.m.
Celebrate the legacy of renowned musical vocalists and musicians as ICRCM commemorates Black Music Month during June. Witness the extraordinary talent of We Are One, a theatrical training troupe from the Caldcleugh Multicultural Arts Center in Greensboro. Youth, ages10-17, will perform excerpts from Maafa/Kumba “The South”and Ghosts of the BluesThese inspiring performances highlight the cultural contributions of Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean countries of Haiti and Cuba, and the United States. Mattie Alston and the Voices of Praise will offer uplifting, traditional gospel melodies. The evening will also consist of melodic song and dance tributes honoring musical legends such as Billie Holiday, Muddy Waters and Bessie Smith.


Wednesday, June 6, 3:00-6:00pm
The Underground Railroad: A Journey Narrative & Service with Harriet Tubman
Take a journey through time with ICRCM and UNC-Greensboro, department of Social Work, as graduate students present service learning projects on retracing the historic route of the Underground Railroad conducted by noted abolitionist and humanitarian, Harriet Tubman. The dialogue will consist of research, travel and journal documentation linking the Underground Railroad to present-day issues of social justice and immigration. Professor Jack Register, School of Social Work, UNC-Greensboro and Kristen Christman, director, Undergraduate Student Excellence, UNC-Greensboro, will moderate the discussion.

Saturday, June 16, 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Juneteenth and Black Music Month: A Celebration of Freedom
Juneteenth is a nationally celebrated holiday commemorating the abolishment of slavery in Galveston, Texas in 1865. The month of June has also been designated as Black Music Month. In a collective observance of these two celebrations, visitors will enjoy a collection of poetry, dance and theatrical performances symbolizing the spirit of resilience and the love of freedom. Performers include vocalist Sandra Jones, The Glenn Burleigh Choir led by Sheryl McAdoo, The Harris Mintz Dance Company, and poet Josephus. Brandon Brockington, ICRCM education program assistant, will present a riveting production of spoken word, drama and discussion tracing African American roots from the slave ships to our present-day struggles.

Saturday, June 23, 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
ICRCM Collection of Donn Young Photography
Artist Reception
Guests will have an opportunity to meet nationally acclaimed photographer Donn Young and view his unique pictorial collection entitled 40 Days and 40 Nights. The portfolio vividly displaysthe ravaging effects of one of the country's deadliest natural disasters, Hurricane Katrina. Young’s studio was flooded in the hurricane’s aftermath, destroying more than 1.5 million images from his 35-year career.

Saturday, June 30 at 3:00 p.m.
In the News: Headlines and Headliners
Obesity and the future of healthy living in America
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults and one sixth of children in America struggle with obesity and its related health conditions. What informative guidelines and resources can health experts offer that is most beneficial in obesity prevention? What are the human and civil rights concerns as policymakers attempt to curtail this generational epidemic? Dr. Joseph Skelton, pediatric gastroenterology, Brenner Children’s Hospital, will lead the discussion and offer insight into this growing epidemic. The monthly current events forum, Headlines and Headliners, is generously supported by a grant from American Express Philanthropy.

Documentary Films

Saturdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Continuous screenings)
Motown: The Early Years by T.J. Lubinsky
The film offers a compelling look at Motown singers through an assortment of classic full-length archival performances. Hosted by Duke Fakir of The Four Tops and Mary Wilson of The Supremes, viewers will once again enjoy “the Motown sound” featuring unforgettable concerts and never-before-seen footage. Featured artists include Martha Reeves, The Miracles, The Velvelettes, The Contours, Dennis Edwards and the Temptation Review, and The Marvelettes.