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.


October 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

Saturdays, October 6, 13, 20, and 27 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 grants from the Gannett Foundation.

October 6         Tavarshia Batts, ICRCM student intern (University of North Carolina-Greensboro), shares A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret Holmes.  We meet young Sherman, who has stomach aches, bad dreams, and nervous behavior. He finally meets Ms. Maple, who helps him understand and deal with his pain. Through Sherman’s experiences we also learn to identify the symptoms of trauma exhibited by children who have experienced domestic violence. [A Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October) selection]

October 13       Nakia Hoskins, ICRCM education program assistant, reads My Diary from Here to There/Mi diario de aqui hasta alla by Amada Irma Perez. We follow Amanda, who as a young girl emigrates with her family from Mexico to the United States. As they make the journey north to Los Angeles, she records in her diary fears, hopes, and dreams of a new life. With the family’s love and belief in herself, she can weather any change. [A Hispanic Heritage Month (October) selection]

October 20       Cindy Stubblefield, regional executive, Girl Scouts Carolina Peaks to Piedmont, offers Oh the Things You Can Do That Are Good for You!: All about Staying Healthy by Tish Rabe.
We take a trip to an exciting, fun filled place—a Seussian spa. While there The Cat in the Hat explains the basics of healthy living—eating right, exercising, getting enough sleep, and keeping a positive body image. We even learn about the distance and speed of a typical sneeze! [An ICRCM’s Let’s Move selection]

October 27      Jeanne Dulin, ICRCM museum store associate reads Mandela: From the Life of the South African Statesman by Floyd Cooper. Let’s travel to another continent and learn about a courageous leader. We follow Nelson Mandela from his childhood in the countryside to his election as the first black president in the history of South Africa. Along the way we witness the many challenges and struggles he faced. Mandela’s extraordinary life is a story of hope, persistence, and courage. [See the exhibition, Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights.

First Friday Performance

Friday, October 5 at 6:00 p.m.
Sounds of the Season
Welcome autumn with Sounds of the Season, a First Friday celebration featuring talented performers from Greensboro’s college community. Enjoy the soulful contemporary music of Dalton Village, a genre-defying band formed by University of North Carolina - Greensboro students.


Saturday, October 20, 3:00 p.m.
In the News: Headlines and Headliners
Freedom of Speech and Artistic Responsibility: A Roundtable Discussion on the Filmmaker
The inflammatory fourteen minute trailer for the film, Innocence of Muslims by Nakoula B. Nakoula (under the name Sam Bacile), drew the ire of Muslims around the world. The subsequent protests—some peaceful and  others violent (including calls for retribution, destruction of property, and deaths)—occurred in more than fifty countries from Libya to Yemen to Indonesia to Greece to the United States. These demonstrations have stirred debates on the intersection of freedom of expression, artistic responsibility, and hate speech. Dr. Kimberlianne Podlas, Media Studies, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and Dr. Dale M. Pollock, Cinema Studies, University of North Carolina School of the Arts will lead a discussion on these critical debates. The monthly forum, In the News: Headlines and Headliners, is made possible with a grant from American Express Philanthropy.

Sunday, October 21, 3:00 p.m.
Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights—A Gallery Talk and Reception
Join ICRCM for a gallery talk on Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights,an exhibition installed in the changing gallery. Bamidele Demerson, executive director of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, will highlight facets of Suzman’s life and times in South Africa, particularly her relationship to Nelson Mandela, a once imprisoned ant-apartheid activist who would become president of the country.

Documentary Films

Saturday, October 13, 4:00 p.m.
Community Cinema at ICRCM
As Goes Janesville
ICRCM collaborates with Community Cinema to bring a new independent documentary film to the Piedmont Triad area each month. These films will later broadcast on PBS. In As Goes Janesville, filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein illuminates the struggles of laid-off workers, business leaders, and elected officials trying to reinvent their lives and their Midwestern town amid the closure of its GM plant during America’s worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. A panel discussion will follow. [This event is FREE.]