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International Civil Rights Center Grand Opening Events And Participants Announced

 Yolanda Adams, Ed Gordon to Participate in International Civil Rights Center & Museum Events

Grammy-winning Gospel artist and Emmy-winning journalist headline Unity Service and Town Hall Forum
GREENSBORO, N.C.,  — The International Civil Rights Center & Museum (Museum)
announced singer Yolanda Adams will headline its Celebration of Unity Service on Sunday, Jan.
31, 2010, and journalist Ed Gordon will lead the Town Hall Forum on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010. These two
events are part of the grand opening activities for the Museum, which will open in Greensboro, N.C., on
Feb. 1, 2010, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the famed lunch counter sit-ins.
“The participation of Ms. Adams and Mr. Gordon underscores the national significance of the museum,”
said Earl Jones, N.C. Representative and co-founder of the Museum. “It’s wonderful to see so many
people joining us in celebrating such a historic event.”
Ed Gordon to Host Town Hall Forum at N.C. A&T State University
Ed Gordon, Emmy award-winning journalist and host of “Our World with Black Enterprise,” will moderate
the Town Hall Forum on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010. The Forum will focus on 21st Century Activism and
Protest: The State of the Civil Rights Movement and will be held at North Carolina A&T State University’s
Alumni Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is being co-sponsored by N.C. A&T State University and
Bennett College. Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, Dr. Benjamin Chavis and Bennett College
President Dr. Julianne Malveaux are among the panelists.
The Forum will include an intergenerational dialogue examining the history of the civil rights movement,
and its impact on social, economic, justice and equality issues. The first hour will provide a retrospective
on civil rights while the second hour will focus on contemporary issues. Several emerging leaders are set
to lead the latter discussion including award-winning journalist and former ESPN sports analyst Stephen
A. Smith; attorney and radio host Warren Ballentine; Kim Saunders, president & CEO of Mechanics and
Farmers Bank; Syene Jasmin, N.C. A&T State University student government association president; and
Derrick K. Smith, N.C. A&T State University adjunct political science professor.
The event is free and open to the public.
Yolanda Adams among entertainers for Celebration of Unity, an ecumenical service
Grammy® award-winning contemporary gospel singer Yolanda Adams will be among the headliners for a
free ecumenical service on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010. Motivational speaker, author and Pastor Dr. Jamal-
Harrison Bryant and Rev. Samuel “Billy” Kyles will also be in attendance for the event, which will be held
at the Greensboro Coliseum beginning at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
– Singer Yolanda Adams, Journalist Ed Gordon Will Participate in Museum’s Grand Opening
Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant is founder and pastor of Empowerment Temple, a fast growing church located
in Baltimore, Md. His services are nationally broadcast weekly on “The Word Network,” a Christian-based
television network geared towards urban ministries and gospel music.
Rev. Samuel “Billy” Kyles has been pastor of the Monumental Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn., since
1959. Since the 1960s, he has maintained his work as a civil rights activist and is most notably known as
a history maker for his activism in the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers’ strike. Part of his effort in the
strike included persuading Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to support the effort. Kyles succeeded, and it
was during this effort that Dr. King delivered what would be his final speech (“Mountaintop”) on April 3,
1968. King was assassinated the next day at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Rev. Billy Kyles remains the
only survivor who spent the final hour of Dr. King’s life with him.
The International Civil Rights Center & Museum will open Feb. 1, 2010, and function as an archival
center, collecting museum and teaching facility devoted to the international struggle for civil and human
rights. For more information about the International Civil Rights Center & Museum’s grand opening
schedule of events, visit
About the International Civil Rights Center & Museum
The International Civil Rights Center & Museum will function as an archival center, collecting museum
and teaching facility devoted to the international struggle for civil and human rights focusing on the
nonviolent protests of the Greensboro sit-ins. The 43,000 square-foot museum is located in the former
F.W. Woolworth retail store where four courageous students from North Carolina A&T University began
their protest at the whites-only lunch counter.
The Museum complex features educational exhibits, a gallery, auditorium, archival center, and a
proposed Joint Center for the Study of Civil and Human Rights.
The International Civil Rights Center & Museum was founded by Melvin “Skip” Alston and Earl Jones in
1993 under the auspices of the Sit-in Movement Inc.

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