Other names stand alongside Martin Luther King Jr.

by Grace Dobson

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Though his name is abundantly mentioned, there are many other names that play a crucial part in African-American history alongside Martin Luther King Jr. Names like Marshall Thurgood, Emmet Till, Maya Angelou and many, many others. All can be found in the International Civil Rights Museum in downtown Greensboro. Their stories are printed as well as broadcasted throughout the museum in visuals and/ or audio presentations.

You can either walk the museum by yourself or register for a tour so you can be led by a guide who illustrates the rich history of the museum for you. Tours are available from Tuesday to Sunday. It strives to be a way for all to connect to civil rights history and Greensboro history as well. The no flash photography rule in the museum provides for a unique experience to enjoy the small details without distraction.

The site of the building was the previous location where the Greensboro Sit-In occurred. Formerly known as Woolworth’s, part of the original counter still stands in the museum today. A&T students Ezell Blair Jr., David Richmond, Franklin McCain and Joseph McNeil, took a stand by sitting in at a counter to peacefully protest for civil equality as well as rights. This movement sparked many other protests along the east coast.

A photo from the International Civil Rights Museum, featuring the men who participated in the Greensboro Sit-In.

All should make an effort to visit this museum. College students today may feel as if they are far from past civil rights movements and that is true because of the evolution of time. A recent survey of convenience showcases that many students feel as if they are somewhat familiar with racial news due to social media avenues. However, there are students that don’t feel that close to information. That could be partially due to educational systems and less outlets to news and history. This museum is an effective way for students near the Greensboro area to learn about American history.


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