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February 2010

Marking a movement

This month, Greensboro was reminded just how much the events of 1960 changed the community and ultimately the nation.

Despite snow and ice canceling UNCG for the day, several UNCG faculty, staff and alumni braved the roads to be at the opening of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in downtown Greensboro. It was the site where four young men from A&T took a seat at the lunch counter 50 years earlier and sparked a movement for racial equality.

Linda Carter, executive director of the UNCG Alumni Association, participated in the march leaving from A&T's campus. She was joined by Ann McCracken '60 and her husband, Webb. Once downtown they met up with Marilyn Lott '62 and Betsy Toth '62, two WC students who joined in the sit-ins 50 years ago.

This year at Reunion, attendees will have an opportunity to tour the International Civil Rights Center & Museum.

They will also have a chance to talk about the events of that February day during a special program, “Marking a Movement.” The event is billed as a “collage of expression” and includes a dance choreographed by Duane Cyrus, assistant professor of dance, and remarks by Dr. Tara Green, director and associate professor of the African American Studies Program. The program will conclude with a panel discussion with alumnae JoAnne Smart Drane '60 and Ann Dearsley-Vernon '60, '61 MFA.

To register for Reunion, contact the Alumni Office at (336) 334-5696.

And for those who are interested in learning more about the opening of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, check out these news stories:

To learn more about the museum itself, visit






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