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.


May 2012

African Liberation 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, May 5, 12, 19, and 26 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.

May 5             Lolita Watkins, ICRCM curatorial program associate, shares Selavi, That is Life: A Haitian Story of Hope by Youme Landowne. The colorful narrative based on actual incidents, chronicles the triumphs of Selavi—a young, homeless child—and other boys and girls forced to live on the streets of the politically unstable capitol, Port-au-Prince. With community support, they channel fear and anger into resourcefulness and hope as they create murals and establish a radio station to address their concerns about social injustice.  

May 12           Amy Monsees, educator, Sumner Elementary, Guilford County Schools, reads In the Garden with Dr. Carver by Susan Grigsby. Set in the early 1900s in rural Alabama, the story conveys Sally’s fond memory when Tuskegee scientist Dr. George Washington Carver visited her small town. Dr. Carver tells farmers how to restore soil worn-out from growing cotton. He also encourages Sally and her classmates to think like scientists while learning lessons on plants and nutrition in their school garden.

May 19           Geissler Baker, North Carolina Extension consumer science educator, reads Eat Healthy, Feel Great by William Sears, Martha Sears, and Christie Watts Kelly. 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.)            

May 26           Peggy Branch, retired educator and school administrator, presents the uplifting narrative, The School is not White!: A True Story of the Civil Rights Movement by Doreen Rappaport. The Carters, an African American sharecropper family in Mississippi, reminds us of the difficulties experienced by black children when their parents enrolled them in an “all-white” school during the 1960s. The family bravely withstands ridicule and threats while discovering the meaning of faith, courage, and honor in their quest for equality.

First Friday Performance

Friday, May 5 at 6:00 p.m.
Celebrate African Liberation Month during First Friday in May. Experience an exhilarating choir composed of West African immigrants as it offers spirited gospel songs and movements central to services at the All Nations Evangelical Church in Greensboro. Go on a journey through history with Sandra Jones and Osberry Diles as spoken words are set to the hypnotic cadence of the drum. Then round out the evening with a runway of African fashions and jewelry brought to you by local businesses, Africa and More and Sublime.


Saturday, May 5, 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
A Focus on Ghana, South Africa and the Caribbean
In observance of African Liberation Month, ICRCM and The African School International present A Focus on Ghana, South Africa and the Caribbean.Participants in the interactive workshops explore cultural and historical connections between Africa and the African diaspora through slide illustrated travelogues, songs and dances, artifact displays, make-and-take art projects, and authentic African delicacies. Led by Tonya Poole, founder of The Africa School International, workshop facilitators feature local residents originating from various African countries: Emmanuel Baisie, Ghana; and Daphne Nxumalo and Debbie Essack, South Africa. Ed Whitfield, executive director, Fund for Democratic Communities, focuses on life in post-earthquake Haiti.

Saturday, May 19, 3:00 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Disease and the African American Community
The Alzheimer’s Association indicates that African Americans are at a higher risk for senile dementia than any other ethnic group in the United States. Why does this disparity exist? What is its impact on the black community? What resources are available to support family caregivers? And is the community mobilizing to address the social and political concerns raised in these questions? Our panel of experts include: Rosalyn Lang, Ph.D., director, Office of Educational Outreach, Department of Biology, North Carolina A&T State University; Cheryl Oliver, retired public school administrator and author of Breakfast with Bubby: Laughing and Crying through Alzheimer’s Disease; and Scott Herrick, program associate, Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter.

Saturday, May 26 at 3:00 p.m.
In the News: Headlines and Headliners
Voter Identification in 2012: Civil Rights Concerns and the Forthcoming Elections
In 2008, many young adult and minority citizens across the nation voted for the first time in state and national elections. Since then, state legislatures across the country have passed new identification requirements. Some ask: How might these new measures diminish the impact of young adult and minority voters in our upcoming elections? What civil rights concerns are at stake? The panelists leading this discussion include Triad area political scientists: Charles Prysby, Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Greensboro; and Derick Smith, North Carolina A&T State University. The monthly current events forum, Headlines and Headliners, is generously supported by a grant from American Express Philanthropy.

Documentary Films

Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 1:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m. (Continuous screenings)
Obama in Ghana: The Untold Story byTony Regusters
Journey across the Atlantic Ocean with journalist and filmmaker Tony Regusters as we witness the special events and celebrations that are part of the first visit by the United States of America’s first black president to a nation on the continent of Africa.