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PSDI Hosts Tour of International Civil Rights Center & Museum
Photos showing families on the trip: on the bus, entering the museum and listening to the tour guide

Clockwise from top left: Ravens on the bus prepare for their arrival in Greensboro; a tour guide greets them at the entrance to the museum, with the restored Woolworth signage over the door; members of the group listen to the tour guide before beginning their exploration of the museum.

On Saturday, Oct. 15, the parent-led group Parents Supporting Diversity and Inclusion hosted 22 parents and students who traveled to Greensboro, North Carolina, to visit the International Civil Rights Center & Museum. 

The museum, which opened in 2010, is housed in the civil-rights landmark F.W. Woolworth’s Building, where the 1960 Sit-In Movement began on Feb. 1 when four African-American students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University sat at the white-only lunch counter. While sit-ins had been held elsewhere in the United States prior to this event, the Greensboro sit-in is credited with inspiring a wave of nonviolent protest against segregation in the private sector.

The museum’s 13 permanent exhibits explore the story of the civil rights struggle in the United States and include the restored Woolworth’s lunch counter in its original location.

The Ravens who joined the trip rode together to Greensboro and then enjoyed a two-hour tour of the exhibits, exploring the narratives, historical videos and video reenactments, pictures, artifacts and more. The museum is looking to expand its presence in the center of Greensboro with the purchase of adjoining properties. Its board’s ultimate goal is to secure UNESCO World Heritage status for the landmark.

“We started by experiencing the actual lunch counter where the sit-in occurred and journeyed through the segregation movements, voting and many other historical events and iconic figures that have impacted the social and personal inequalities in America,” Ravenscroft parent, PSDI president and Admissions & Financial Aid Counselor Alicia Petty said. “Kids and parents alike enjoyed so many untold stories and learned about people we may not have ever heard of if we hadn’t taken this trip. What a compelling and honest museum experience.”

“Going to the civil rights museum gave us an opportunity to revisit the past  to remind ourselves that our ancestors fought for us to have a seat at the table, walk through the front door of any room and possess opportunities that they only dreamed about,” said parent Elaine Bryant-Donigan. “It ignited a fire in me to live more impactfully.” 

Parent Kimberly Freeman added, “The visit to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum was amazing and provided a great deal of enrichment! The tour guide added her own personal experience and was passionate about the content she shared. I’m thankful for the experience that PSDI provided to us and the bond the families have formed.”

As a vital partner of the Ravenscroft Parents’ Association, PSDI is dedicated to enriching the Ravenscroft community by creating and promoting a more sensitive and inclusive environment that welcomes, accepts and respects all families. They work to enhance awareness and education, offer programming and engagement and provide outreach and support.

“I am so grateful we were able to attend the International Civil Rights Center and Museum as our first family event for the school year,” Petty concluded. “From the bus ride to the staff-guided tours to the connections that were made throughout our time together, it was a great day for PSDI! We are looking forward to more activities like this throughout the school year.”