Located at 134 S. Elm Street in Greensboro, North Carolina, the International Civil Rights Center and Museum (ICRCM) opened its doors on February 1, 2010. This date marks exactly fifty years after four African-American university students bravely initiated a sit-in at a “Whites Only” lunch counter at F.W. Woolworth in downtown Greensboro. Their act of non-violent defiance was the catalyst for the sit-in movement in the United States.
It is apropos that the ICRCM would be housed in the same building where these valiant young men, known as “The Greensboro Four”, began their non-violent protest. Ezell Blair, Jr. (now known as Jibreel Khazan), Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil and David Richmond matriculated North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Peacefully challenging the major department store’s policy of refusing service to non-White patrons, the number of students grew exponentially. This protest proved to be a watershed moment in the Civil Rights Movement.