Television brought the civil rights movement into people's homes, a phenomenon that becomes jarringly real in a gallery where eight TV screens show footage of .the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott (1955); Freedom Riders (1961); demonstrations in Birmingham, Ala., Greensboro and the March on Washington - all in 1963 - "Freedom Summer" (1964), the Selma-to-Montgomery march (1965) and the Memphis sanitation workers' strike and the assassination there of Martin Luther King Jr. (1968).
Photo displays in the main exhibits and side areas add faces - black and white - of some involved in the civil rights movement. A Wall of Remembrance spotlights some who died, such as Virgil Lamar Ware, killed Sept. 15, 1963 in Birmingham, by white teens who had attended a segregation rally. Virgil, 13, was shot while riding on the handlebars of his brother's bicycle.
THEN AND NOW
Outside the museum I met Anita Johnson, a Greensboro native and the museum's scheduling coordinator and a tour guide. At 15 - nine or 10 years after the sit-in - she worked in a youth program for the late David Richmond.
"I knew he was much a part of the Greensboro Four, but he didn't mention it much. We were all about the business at hand. We worked downtown, and I ate at Woolworth's."
Johnson said when she was little, her family would go downtown to shop there on Saturdays. "Before we went, my mother would say, 'We can eat now or eat after.' We couldn't eat at Woolworth's. Early on, we were groomed to know what not to do."
SEPARATE, NOT EQUAL
The International Civil Rights Center & Museum, 134 S. Elm St., Greensboro, is open for guided tours 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sundays; closed Mondays; longer hours April-September.
Admission: $10; $8 for 65 and older and students; $6 for ages 6-12; 5 and younger, free.
Details: 800-748-7116; http://www.sitinmovement.org.