Monday, January 4, 2010

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 - Events are Free and Open to Public

GREENSBORO, N.C., (Dec. 30, 2009) — The International Civil Rights Center & Museum (Museum) today 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.”

Town Hall Forum: 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 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.

Yolanda Adams is among the entertainers for Celebration of Unity, an ecumenical service featuring the Grammy® award-winning contemporary gospel singer 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.

The International Civil Rights Center & Museum will open February 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 center's grand opening schedule of events, visit

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