Tomorrow, February 1, 2010, will be a great day in Greensboro. The civil rights museum will open. Today, there is 7 inches of snow on the ground and the temperature is 20 degrees. Last night the Sit-In Gala was postponed. Friday night, the Civil Rights Forum I attended was wonderful. I have a blog entry about it. Tomorrow the ribbon cutting will go on at 8:00 am, but it will be impacted by the weather. Below are some significant comments which have been written about the museum and this historic event.
"The museum is a bridge to the future. When the International Civil Rights Center and Museum officially opens tomorrow, this city will become a major repository of the history of one of the most important chapters in the social struggle that changed America. .....This museum will be an interactive teaching facility where the lessons of past struggles for racial equality will be used to help people combat the intolerance and bigotry that continues......"
"The great promise of this museum is that it will not only put history on display; it will use it to help us build a future that is much better than the past"
".....As powerful as those memories remain, they now have a home in brick and mortar. In time to commemorate the 50th anniversary, the museum officially opens Monday morning, on the national stage it richly deserves."
"It stands not only as a reminder of how far we've come (the election of a black mayor in 2007; an African American city manager, police chief, and school superintendent). In the end, the story, the hero and the ideals it honors remain the point, not the physical building. But what a magnificent landmark that all of Greensboro should embrace."
Tomorrow will be a good day. I have tickets for a 3:00 pm tour group. For me, it will be personal and moving. I can only imagine what it will be like for others.