Animating an iconic landmark recognized across the globe, the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, NC opened in 2010 as a comprehensive museum of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States and an innovative educational organization devoted to understanding and advancing civil and human rights in this country and the world.
It commemorates the Feb. 1, 1960, beginning of sit-ins at a whites-only lunch counter in Greensboro, by the N.C. A&T Four college students, reflecting careful planning carried out with colleagues at Bennett College. Their non-violent direct action challenged the American People to make good on promises of personal equality and civic inclusion enunciated in the Constitution. The fast-spreading Sit-In Movement ignited by the Greensboro protests served as a historical inflection point, renewing the Civil Rights Movement as a whole. Sit-In Movement, Inc. was founded in 1993 to acquire and restore the F.W. Woolworth's site of these transformative events and to establish the Center and Museum as a monument to the bravery and initiative of visionary young advocates of full citizenship and social justice.”
"We have been very satisfied to have the “Many Lives of Andrew Young” exhibit at our Museum. The exhibit is an expert chronicling of a trailblazing, nuanced life, whose work nicely echoes the ICRCM’s tenets of American civil and global human rights. Our visitors have appreciated the personal, very detailed, and persuasively illustrated experience that the ‘Many Lives of Andrew Young” offers them within the overall journey through our galleries. These focus generally on the Sit-In Movement, which began at our restored F.W. Woolworth’s landmark and continue through the 1960s portion of the national Civil Rights Movement. In addition, the design, layout, and flow of the exhibit’s panels have been readily adaptable to our display area. Viewers have had no problems reading and engaging with the exhibit as it led them through the material. The “Many Lives of Andrew Young” has deftly offered our public visitors, as well as the Museum itself, something simultaneously massive and intimate in scope — an exhibit that communicates the interweaving of individual and social factors at play throughout the authentically consequential life of an activist, leader, and person of faith.”The International Civil Rights Center & Museum’s Testimonial on the Many Lives of Andrew Young’s Special Significance