On Monday, Jan. 30, the International Civil Rights Center and Museum sent out an “URGENT” announcement to inform the public of a change of venue and start time for its inaugural “February One” Civil Rights 2023 Speaker Series.”
Originally, the Rev. Al Sharpton was to be interviewed about his book, “Righteous Troublemakers: Untold Stories of the Social Justice Movement in America,” in front of an audience on the campus of Bennett College at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31.
Now the place and time of the event have changed.
Museum officials stated on Monday that, as a result of a schedule conflict due to the tragic death of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, the program previously scheduled for 6 p.m. on the campus will instead, now be held in the auditorium of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum at 134 S. Elm St., in Greensboro. The public program involving the book interview will now start at 3 p.m. on Tuesday in the Museum’s auditorium, and it will conclude by 5 p.m.
Those attending will need to have tickets. Museum officials said Monday night that there were a limited number of seats available.
While in Greensboro, Sharpton will still meet with a group of elected officials for a reception at the Civil Rights Museum, which will be followed by a book signing from 1:30 to 2 p.m. at the Museum, with a press conference immediately afterward.
A statement from museum officials read, “We hope that persons who have purchased tickets for the event will still be able to attend at the new time. If that is not possible, they may request that their ticket be moved to one of the other programs in the Series. The Museum will also be glad to issue refunds.”
They added, “We do recognize that there are many times when circumstances will change in ways that alter our best-laid plans. We extend our prayers to the Tyre Nichols family in Memphis at this time, and we send our earnest hopes for success in the struggle for peace with justice in his community.”