Leadership & Staff

International Civil Rights Center & Museum

Museum Co-Founders
& Board Chair

Melvin "Skip" Alston

Co-Founder / Co-Chair of the Board

Skip Alston currently serves as Guilford County Commissioner, his fifth term since 1992. Alston was the first African-American elected to serve as chairman of the Guilford County commissioners' board in 2003, a position he was also reelected to in 2009. He is active in numerous civic and volunteer organizations including the Guilford County Elected Officials Black Caucus, the North Carolina Association of Black Officials; and local, state and national branches of the NAACP.

In addition to Sit-In Movement Inc., Alston is founder and president of S & J Management Corporation, as well as Alston and Alston LLC and East Market Street Square Inc. Alston is a native of Durham, N.C., and attended North Carolina Central University where he majored in business administration.

Earl F. Jones

Co-Founder / Vice Chair of the Board

From 2002 to 2011, Earl Jones served in the North Carolina State Legislature. He represented District 60 and served as the vice chair of the science and technology committee. Prior to this, Jones was the longest serving member of the Greensboro City Council, serving for 18 years. Jones is a leader in social and political reform in Greensboro and is also the owner and publisher of the Greensboro Times newspaper.

A lawyer by training, Jones ran the anti-poverty program in Greensboro for nearly 20 years and served as legal counsel for the NAACP. Jones grew up 30 minutes east of Greensboro in Burlington, North Carolina. He is a graduate of North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina, and Texas Southern University School of Law in Houston, Texas.

Deena Hayes-Greene

Co-Chair, Board of Directors

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International Civil Rights Center & Museum

Museum Staff

John L. Swaine


In fall 2014, John Swaine was named the first Chief Executive Officer of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina. He had previously served as the museum’s Chief Financial Officer since 2009. Swaine earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a minor in Finance, and later earned his Accounting license in the state of Virginia. Recognizing these qualities and his professional commitment, in 2013 The Triad Business Journal named Swaine “Financial Executive of the Year” for non-profit corporations.

Museum Staff

Dr. Will Harris

Principal Scholar

Dillon Tyler

Tour Coordinator 
Senior Docent

Cassandra Williams

Educational Programs Coordinator
Senior Docent

Christian Buettner

Floor Coordinator

Evan Williams

Curatorial Associate

Donnie Kirk

IT Specialist

Tyrone Cooke

Facilities Coordinator

Gloria Washington


Darren McGill


Jeanne Dulin


Robin Easter


Sage Chioma


Angelia Joyner