February is Black History Month but, really, when it comes to the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, every month is black history month, and this June is certainly no exception: The museum has just released its June lineup of events and it has something for everyone whether they’re interested in the history of civil rights or they’re just looking to have a fun time with a night of dancing.
One of the June highlights is a new exhibit that’s opening on Monday, June 17 – the Juneteenth Heritage & Reflective Exhibit. That educational exhibit, which is included in the cost of admission to the museum, will highlight the importance of Juneteenth – the holiday that celebrates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, as well as the freeing of slaves in other Confederate states. That day in history, and the events surrounding it, will be the focus of the exhibit at the museum in downtown Greensboro.
Also to commemorate Juneteenth, the civil rights museum is putting something on for the kids on Wednesday, June 19. On that day, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the museum will offer activities meant to be both fun and enlightening for the youngsters. Those will include stories, arts and crafts, games and a snack.
It sounds like that day could end up being pretty lively because the civil rights museum has put out the word that those activities will be completely free, open to anyone – and summer camp groups are welcome.
There’s also something in June for the documentary film buff: On Saturday, June 22 at 2 p.m., the museum is showing the film, “Taking Black America.” Promotional material for that documentary states that it “chronicles the unique circumstances of the descendants of American slaves and their incredible impact on American life and language.” The film looks at the language creativity and resilience of those who lived through oppression as well as their fight for freedom from oppression.
There are other events in the museum’s June lineup as well including a Friday, June 7 “Flashback Friday” dance that celebrates the decades from the 1960’s to the 1990’s with funk and soul music provided by Robin Easter. That event is free and people are encouraged to come dressed in the clothes of their favorite decade.
Each Saturday in June the museum is holding a children’s story hour starting at 11 a.m.
On Friday, June 28, the museum is holding the George Simkins, Jr. Annual Fundraising Golf Classic, an event that was rescheduled from earlier this year due to maintenance at Forest Oaks Golf Course.