Civil Rights Museum Opens At Site Of NC Sit-In

A civil rights museum in North Carolina is now open at the site of a 1960 sit-in that sparked a movement.

The International Civil Rights Center and Museum opened Monday, with hundreds of people gathering in downtown Greensboro to celebrate the project.

The museum is located in the original Woolworth's, where four college freshman went 50 years ago to begin a nonviolent protest of racial segregation.

One of the students, Franklin McCain, encouraged activists Monday to seize the moment to bring about change.

North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan says the four men spurred a movement that changed U.S. history.

The sit-in demonstrations that followed the one in Greensboro helped lead to passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

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  • by Just Saying Location: RMNC on Feb 4, 2010 at 11:01 PM
    Please Post: Point taken. Have a great W/E.
  • by please post on Feb 4, 2010 at 04:08 AM
    just saying..finish reading my post. and i think native americans get way too little time in our history books. i also think it would be good if we could teach about various native american cultures. most of them are squared away on reservations, not seen by the western world. real history should include multitude of cultures and races. the history books i grew up with would have you think that all important history had to do with white people. not that white people are bad or anything. that would be a racially predjudiced statement.
  • by Just Saying Location: RMNC on Feb 4, 2010 at 02:21 AM
    I too agree that the rebel flag has no place in America, flown or other wise. It stands for hate not heritage, PERIOD. But the funny thing is Alpha, can you tell me how many slave ships the rebel flag flew over? Can you tell me what flag did fly over slave ships? Oh and 'please post', what can you keep bringing up around me that I did wrong? My family were share croppers and didn't own any slaves so my Ancestors did nothing wrong. Not all white people owned slaves. And further more I have never owned slaves. Oh, and what I'd really like to know is when will there be a native American month?
  • by please post on Feb 3, 2010 at 09:39 PM
    alpha,i totally agree with you about the flag. what i would like to see is not a black history month, but black history implemented equally in the history books. dont you think its a little degrading, to segregate history as if one was the standard history and the other, well, 'black' history? i think that white people should learn about it because it is history, its true. but not to the point of being rubbed in our faces. pride may be one thing, but what are black people really willing to sacrifice for racial harmony? my point again-if youre my friend and you keep bringing up something i did wrong, im going to feel uncomfortable around you. another thing is,i didnt DO anything wrong. i wasnt a slave owner, my ancestors were still in their impoverished countries at the time. i never mistreated a person for the color of their skin...yet i and many white people get that uncomfortable feeling like black people think we have. it will keep separating us until someone says enough!
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Feb 2, 2010 at 08:59 PM
    please post: I totally understand your comment.. Now I ask you to put the shoe on the other foot. Black History month is about being proud of accomplishments that Black Americans made that aren't in conventional history books. This is month is the only time a lot of black children learn that their people were more than slaves.. but doctors, and inventors, explorers, and the first to sit in the front of buses... even though they were whipped, beat, and hung. Black children need to know these things so they will stay in school. White people need not forget so this won't happen again. Just like burning your hand on the stove.. it has to happen, and you have to remember it.. so you won't do it again. ...But in your favor, the same way you feel is the same way we feel when we see a confederate flag with the words "Heritage not Hate"! It's time to let that go. We are all Americans... lets use the American Flag if you really want equally! But only if.. I can only meet you half way...
  • by please post on Feb 2, 2010 at 03:14 PM
    i made a great post and it didnt make it. so called race relations are not going to happen if we keep bringing up the bad things in the past. if you and a friend had a fight ten years ago and since made up, would it help your relationship to constantly bring up the fight? or just move on. i would like to see black communities not being singled out with black history, but included equally in all history books and when referring to the population in general.
  • by santa fe Location: wilson on Feb 2, 2010 at 05:25 AM
    look in the past so we can live together as peolpe
  • by lin Location: martin county on Feb 2, 2010 at 03:02 AM
    we will never get pass the inequalities of the past UNTIL we stop celebrating the past . to live together we must first forget the past inequalities and push forward, look past them and seek for ways to be the same.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Feb 2, 2010 at 02:47 AM
    LOL, I think this story is wonderful. It's something when "some" people can't say anything nice. ...So glad a certain three aren't in charge, or I'll still wouldn't be allowed to eat with whites. Hip hop hooray!! Let the whining begin... Isn't that wonderful... no month for a bunch of rebels like it or not!!! Reply all you like... it's still Black History Month for 26 more day. BOO HOO... lol
  • by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2010 at 07:27 PM
    Is this what the stimulis money paid for?
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