2023 Civil Rights Bus Tour Photo Gallery
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Howard University Tour
Led by Pittsfield’s own Olivia Nda
Alumna of R.O.P.E. and Howard University
Teacher in the D.C. School District
The Greensboro 4
Ezell Blair Jr. (now know as Jibreel Khazan)
The four – all freshmen at North Carolina State – sat down at the lunch counter in Woolworth’s Department Store on February 1, 1960. At that time only white people were permitted to sit there. Their act of courage set off similar incidents around the country and was a defining moment in the Civil Rights Movement.
North Carolina State University
Monument to the Greensboro Four
University Chancellor James Renick proposed the idea for the monument in 2001.
Sculptor James Barnhill created the bronze monument which stands 15 feet tall and required 6000 pounds of clay. It depicts the four students walking out of the store after their protest and was dedicated in 2002.
Civil Rights Center
Housed in the building that was originally the Woolworth’s Department Store where the Greensboro four held their protest.
Bethel Baptist Church Interpretive Center
with guest speakers
Ms Carol McKinstry, lifelong member of 16th Street Baptist Church where 3 young girls died in a bombing in September 1963 and author of While the World Watched
Ms Lisa McNair, sister of Denise McNair, one the the girls who died, and author of Dear Denise
Kelly Ingram Park
Originally West Park it was a gathering place for Civil Rights activism. Now it showcases powerful sculptures depicting the Civil Rights struggle including what is called the Children’s Crusade, young people who joined the marches and faced the terror of Bull Connor’s water cannons and attack dogs.
Sixteenth Street Church
The first Black Baptist Church in Birmingham was the site of many organization meetings for the protests that took place in the city. The Church made national news when it was bombed – in retaliation for the Civil Rights organizing. Four young girls died in the bombing.