ICRCM Annual Gala: Re-Ignite the Movement
Saturday, January 30, 2021 — Virtual Gala.
Animating the iconic F.W. Woolworth’s landmark, the International Civil Rights Center & Museum (ICRCM) opened in 2010 as a comprehensive museum of the Civil Rights Movement 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, sit-ins at a whites-only lunch counter in Greensboro by the N.C. A&T-Four freshmen. Their non-violent direct action ignited the Sit-In Movement that renewed the Civil Rights Movement as a whole, challenging Americans to make good on promises of personal equality and civic inclusion enunciated in the Constitution. The ICRCM commemorates the brave and visionary advocacy of full citizenship and social justice.
For the first time, our Gala will be presented virtually, with the great benefit of allowing our viewers, participants, and honorees to join us and enjoy this celebration from the safety and comfort of their homes or offices. We can also extend access to supporters of human dignity and social justice across the world.
The ICRCM will honor U.S. Congressman James Clyburn with the Alston-Jones International Civil and Human Rights Award. Precedent-setting attorney and award-winning author, Bryan Stevenson will receive the Unsung Hero Award. The committed service of the community pillar, the Rev. Julie Peeples, will be recognized with our Lifetime Community Service Award. Bennett College alumna (’63), Ingrid Wynn Catlin, will receive the Sit-In Participant Award. They are also introducing a new award of honor at the 2021 event. For his decades-long commitment to developing community leaders, fostering needed conversations, and bridging activists and institutions, Terence “T.C” Muhammad will be the recipient of the inaugural Keeper of the Flame Award.
The event portal will open at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 7 p.m. and end close to 8:30 p.m. Interested corporate sponsors may visit our new website at www.sitinmovement.org to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. Individual guests are encouraged to make a donation of $50 or more.