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.


November 2012

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.

Explore Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights, based on photographs, personal letters, quotations from speeches, and newspaper articles. Suzman (1917-2009) felt the brunt of anti-Semitism. Yet she is remembered as a friend of Nelson Mandela and a relentless challenger of her country’s system of racial separation, known as apartheid. Twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Suzman received the United Nations Award of the International League for Human Rights. 

Saturday Children’s Story Hour

November 3, 10, 17, 24 (Saturdays) 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 each 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.

November 3         The Memory Box by Mary Bahr recalls Zach’s love for his grandparents. He likes spending time on the lake with Gramps and eating Gram’s tasty cooking. But this time when he visits, they start keeping a box filled with written memories such as fishing together, as well as family tales and traditions. Gramps explains the box is helpful because he is changing. He has Alzheimer’s disease. But memories, written down, are not lost. [A National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month (November) selection]

November 10       Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey from Darkness into Light by Tim Tingle conveys his family’s story from their origins in Oklahoma to their life in Texas on the Gulf Coast. Centered on a blind grandmother, Mawmaw, who gains sight after surgery, we learn how one family honors the past while confronting racial prejudices based on stereotypes about Native Americans. [A National American Indian Heritage Month (November) selection] 

November 17       Circles of Hope by Karen Lynn Williams transports us to a rural setting in the mountains of Haiti. We join Facile, a boy who wants to celebrate the birth of his new sister by planting a mango tree. We experience his difficulties: the first sprout is eaten by a goat, the second is washed away in a storm, and the third is burned in a brush fire. But finally he is successful when he follows the advice to encircle the planted seed with stones. We experience his joy when the tree starts to grow.    

November 24       The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness by Lizzy Rockwell celebrates an amazing machine — the human body. We learn that as bones and muscles, heart and lungs, nerves and brain work together, we move. We see children who love moving energetically: walking, skating, and tumbling. We even want to join in the fun and bounce around too! In fact, with this guide to fitness, every child will want to become a “busy body.” [An ICRCM Let’s Moveselection]

First Friday Performance

Friday, November 2 at 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy the cultural diversity of the Piedmont Triad as we celebrate the rich heritage of Native America and African America in song, dance, and storytelling. Our performing artists include: Nora Dial-Stanley enacting stories from the Lumbee people; One Spirit Dance Team of the Guilford Native American Association staging awe inspiring choreography to traditional songs and drumbeats; and the Burke Singers under the direction of D’Walla Simmons-Burke, Winston-Salem State University, offering a spirit-filled repertoire rooted in African American faith. [November is National American Indian Heritage Month.]    


Saturday, November 3, 3:00 p.m.
Reflecting On Apartheid & Social Injustice: Artists’ Perspectives
Join Dr. Elizabeth Perrill, assistant professor of Art History at University of North Carolina-Greensboro, in an informative discussion on the political climate and atrocities that occurred in South Africa during the anti-apartheid movement. Her presentation will focus on South African artists’ responses to the apartheid regime and its aftermath. (This presentation is part of the programming for the exhibition, Helen Suzman: South African Freedom Fighter, on view in the Changing Gallery.)

Saturday, November 10, 3:00 p.m.
A Book Signing with Emma Hairston Belle
Words of a Good Shepherd: The Life, Ministry, and Inspirational Messages of the Reverend Dr. Otis L. Hairston, Sr.
Meet Emma Hairston Belle, daughter of Greensboro’s legendary Rev. Dr. Otis L. Hairston, Sr. (1918-2000), an advocate for social justice and long term Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church. She will share the recently published book, Words of a Good Shepherd, she edited with an introduction about her late father and his ministry, along with a selection of his inspirational messages, speeches, and editorials. It will be remembered that in 1960, this bold advocate for justice offered encouragement to the college freshmen, now known as the A&T Four, to confront the segregationist tradition at the local F.W. Woolworth lunch counter.

Saturday, November 17, 3:00 p.m.
In the News: Headlines and Headliners
National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month: A Panel Discussion
Alzheimer’s disease, a silent killer, has transformed the lives of millions of people and their families. Join us for a discussion about the right to health care as we unravel the medical and social challenges posed by this disorder. Our panel includes: Takiyah Starks, clinical coordinator, African Americans & Alzheimer’s Disease Research Study, North Carolina A&T State University; Cheryl Oliver, author of Breakfast with Bubby: Laughing and Crying through Alzheimer’s Disease; and Scott Herrick, program manager, Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter. November is recognized as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. The monthly forum, In the News: Headlines and Headliners, is made possible with a grant from American Express Philanthropy.

Documentary Films

Friday, November 9, 6:00 – 8:00p.m.
Community Cinema at ICRCM: Solar Mamas
ICRCM colaborates with Community Cinema to bring a new independent documentary film to the Piedmont Triad area each month. The films will later air on PBS. In Solar Mamas, directors Mona Eldaief and Jehane Noujaim introduce us to Rafea, who lives in a small Jordanian village. Rafea is 30 years old with four children and a husband eager to take a third wife. With encouragement from her country’s Ministry of Environment, she attends the Barefoot College in India to train to become a solar-energy engineer. The Barefoot College is the world’s only college built by and for the poor. It provides training to rural poor to empower them to make their communities sustainable. Students include women from rural Kenya, Burkina Faso, Colombia, and Guatemala. [This event is FREE.]