October 23, 2021
During this special tour of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, participants received FREE entry and a guided tour of the facility including an up-close viewing the original Woolworth's Lunch Counter where four NC A&T students protested racial segregation by sitting in whites only seating. This monumental moment went on to spark key advances in the Civil Rights Movement including the passage of the 1960 Civil Rights Bill and the desegregation of Woolworths. After the tour, the group convened in a discussion surrounding participant observations and other topics surrounding race & civil rights.
FOCUS AREA: PROJECT EDUCATE
"Visiting the International Civil Rights Center and Museum was an incredibly moving and educational experience. I have driven by the museum many times but not taken the time to plan a visit. The nonprofit group White Voices Against Racism gave me the opportunity for a guided a tour and the experience of looking into America’s racist past and present. The Hall of Shame is an especially difficult but realist display for adults to experience. I was moved to tears there, as well as when standing in the large Woolworth cafeteria, where many young, brave activists took a stand against discrimination. I was saddened to see how humans have been treated by others in our country. Reading it in history books is one thing, but coming face-to-face with these facts is heartbreaking. Our docent also helped to bring the experience to life."
Melissa T. Johnson - WVAR Board Member