Civil Rights Museum wants $1.5 million for new program

GREENSBORO, N.C.– The International Civil Rights Museum is asking the Greensboro City Council for $1.5 million.

The money would go towards starting a program called Building a Better America Through Core Democratic Values, which would bring 4th, 5th, 8th, and 11th graders from across the state to the museum.

“We want them to be able to take an education of a lifetime, to be able to use,” said Skip Alston, museum co-founder.

The plan is to get more than 100,000 students from 17 different counties to visit the museum in the first year of the program.

If approved, the $1.5 million dollars would go towards transportation, food, and ticket admission for the students.

Alston believes the program will bring a much-needed boost to the city.

“Greensboro will be able to benefit from all the publicity they will be receiving from all over the state,” explained Alston.

Greensboro City Councilman Zack Matheny thinks the city should have other priorities.

“From an economic impact standpoint, if I had to pick and chose where I’m putting my money, there are other things that rank a little bit higher. I would put the performing arts center up there for one thing,” said Matheny.

If the museum receives the support it needs, the program would start as soon as next school year.

Since opening in 2010, over 250,000 people have visited the Civil Rights Museum.

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