The International Civil Rights Center and Museum is having a packed second half of October with several high profile events that will no doubt catch the interest of many in the community.
On Thursday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium, there will be a panel discussion and a “community conversation” titled – “Journey to the Land of Opportunity.”
This will be a free educational session with immigration experts and staff from Faith Action International House discussing some of the legal distinctions between immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees. Attendees will also hear first-hand stories of people from different countries describe hardships and obstacles they’ve faced in their journey entering the United States.
That event is open to everyone at no charge and refreshments will be provided – though registration is required.
Two days later, the museum will hold another panel discussion – this one on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium. In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the museum will host the discussion “Keeping it Real: Living with Breast Cancer, the Survivors Story.”
That event will focus on the health issues of breast cancer and the way the disease affects the lives of so many people. Guest panelists will include Dr. Gustav Magrinat, an oncologist and breast cancer specialist with Cone Health as well as Dr. Nora Jones, the founder and president of Sister’s Network of Greensboro. Stories from survivors will also be shared.
Like the Land of Opportunity panel discussion, this one will be free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.
Toward the end of the month, on Saturday, Oct. 26– the day when the Duke Blue Devils and the North Carolina Tar Heels face off in football – the museum will hold a Community Conversation Series event: “Red Summer 1919 and America’s Legacy of Racial Violence.” That will take place at 2 p.m.
A lecture from Dr. Watson W. Jennison will focus on “Red Summer 1919” as well as America’s legacy of racial violence. Jennison is an associate professor of history at UNC Greensboro.
Red Summer refers to a series of about 25 so named “anti-black riots” that erupted in major cities throughout the nation in 1919, including Houston, Texas; East St. Louis and Chicago.
This lecture will launch a series of conversations that will touch on the often forgotten and historical and contemporary episodes of violence that have often come from strained race relations in America.
That event is also free and open to the public.
As it does most months, the museum is also holding events geared toward children in October. Information on those may be found on the museum’s website.