Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

posted on January 15, 2018 by Paislee

It's Martin Luther King, Jr. and the commencement of the US Civil Rights Trail. 

What better way to celebrate than with Greensboro historic connections with the Civil Rights Movement.

Did you know that on April 4, 1968 that Martin Luther King, Jr was scheduled to speak in Greensboro, but chose to stay in Memphis, Tennessee where he was later assassinated on that day. 

    F.W. WOOLWORTH’S BUILDING; INTERNATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS CENTER AND MUSEUM

    The original Woolworth’s building has been rehabilitated and turned into the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. The museum’s mission is to commemorate the Greensboro Four and their role in launching the sit-in movement that inspired peaceful demonstrations across the country. The four seats where the Greensboro Four peacefully protested are housed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The rest of the seats and counter remain in the building and have never been moved from their original footprint. The museum includes exhibits and videos about the Greensboro Four and the greater American Civil Rights Movement, and guided tours are available.

    Address: 134 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC, 27403, USA 

    Website: https://www.sitinmovement.org

    FEBRUARY ONE MONUMENT

    Outdoor sculpture dedicated to four young and courageous men. David Richmond, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair, Jr. (Jibreel Khazan) and Joseph McNeil envisioned and carried out the infamous lunch counter sit-in of Feb. 1, 1960, in downtown Greensboro as A&T freshmen. Their brave act against social injustice inspired similar protests across the nation and is remembered as a defining moment in the struggle for civil rights.

    Address: 202 University Cir, Greensboro, NC 27401, USA

    FEBRUARY ONE PLACE

    See the street dedicated to the day and the movement that started in Greensboro, NC. The painted street and decorated sidewalks provide a neat stop and read.  

    Address: February One Place, Greensboro, NC,  27403, USA

    US Civil Rights Trail 

    The U.S. Civil Rights Trail is a collection of over 100 churches, courthouses, schools, museums
    and other landmarks in the Southern states and beyond that played a pivotal role in advancing
    social justice in the 1950s and 1960s, shifting the course of history.

    Website: https://civilrightstrail.com/