The International Civil Rights Center and Museum at 134 S. Elm St. in Greensboro has made it known that it will be doing a lot this year related to the 60th Anniversary of the Sit-In protest that took place at the museum when it was still the downtown Greensboro F. W. Woolworth.
And the museum kicks off that celebration this month with a presentation and interactive discussion by Professor William Chafe of Duke University at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22.
Chafe is the author of a highly influential work – “Civilities and Civil Rights: Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Black Struggle for Freedom” – which focuses on the struggle for civil rights in Greensboro,
His talk is called “The Greensboro Sit-Ins of 1960 – A 60 Year Reflection and Conversation.”
The program is free and open to everyone – however, registration is required. Those interested can register online at www.sitinmovement.org.
This will be the first in a series of programs the museum will put on this year to honor the six-month time period in 1960 that started on Feb. 1 – the date the Sit-In began after the “NC A&T Four” refused to move from the lunch counter. The time period being celebrated runs through July 25 – the date that commemorates the integration of the Woolworth lunch counter after six months of persistence by protesters.
According to Guilford County Commissioner Skip Alston, a co-founder of the civil rights museum, the museum is attempting to bring in some very well known names this year to help celebrate the anniversary of the Sit-In. The largest celebration is expected to take place in late July, though the plans for that event are still in the works.
The Feb. 22 presentation by Chafe, as well as future programs, are also meant to honor the Dudley High School students and many others who participated in the nationally influential, non-violent fight for racial inclusion.
More information can be found at www.sitinmovement.org or by calling 336-274-9199.