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[June 17, 2014]

Civil rights museum adding 10 new members to board [News & Record, Greensboro, N.C. :: ]

(News & Record (Greensboro, NC) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) June 17--Updated 1:13 a.m.

GREENSBORO -- The International Civil Rights Center & Museum will add 10 new members to its board of directors, the board decided Monday.

The board will expand from 15 to 25 members, and all sitting members will stay on the board until their terms expire, board Chairwoman Deena Hayes-Greene said.

Under the museum's bylaws, three of the current board members have lifetime appointments: Earl Jones, Melvin "Skip" Alston and Hurley Derrickson. A loan agreement with the city also requires that Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan and City Manager Jim Westmoreland have seats on the board.


None of that will change, but the new members will represent different sectors, Hayes-Greene said.

The specifics will be worked out in committees, but the initial plan is to have three to five members in each of the following categories: government, corporate, philanthropic and academic.

Eight others will be "respected members of the Piedmont Triad community," per the original plan.

"We're going to fine-tune some of it," Jones said. "We were all in agreement to expand the board." The museum opened in 2010 in the former F.W. Woolworth store -- the site where four N.C. A&T students staged a sit-in in 1960 to protest the store's segregated lunch counter.

Lacy Ward Jr. was named as the museum's executive director in April and began work last month. Ward said the idea of expanding the board came from looking at other civil rights museums around the country.

Under the proposal, Ward would present an initial slate of board candidates on July 21 and the board would determine the final slate on Aug. 18.

Jones told the News & Record last week that he believed Ward was overstepping his role as executive director. But on Monday, he said the process wasn't contentious and said disagreements are a normal part of working through changes in an organization.

"There was some misinterpretation around a lot of what the plan was," Hayes-Greene said.

According to the minutes of the board's May meeting, members discussed three possible additions to the board of directors: Sandra Hughes, the first black reporter at WFMY (CBS, Channel 2); Badi Ali, president of the Islamic Center of the Triad; and Alma Adams, a state representative and candidate for the 12th Congressional District.

------ Posted 5:03 p.m. Monday GREENSBORO -- The International Civil Rights Center & Museum will add 10 new members to its board of directors, the board decided Monday.

The board will expand from 15 to 25 members, and all sitting members will stay on the board until their term limits expire, board Chairwoman Deena Hayes-Greene said.

Under the bylaws of the museum, three of the current board members have lifetime appointments: Earl Jones, Melvin "Skip" Alston and Hurley Derrickson. A loan agreement with the city also requires that Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan and City Manager Jim Westmoreland have seats on the board.

None of that will change, but the new members will represent different sectors, Hayes said.

The specifics will be worked out in committees, but the initial plan is to have three to five members in each of the following categories: government, corporate, philanthropic and academic. Eight more members will be "respected members of the Piedmont Triad community," per the original plan.

"We're going to fine-tune some of it in our organization committee," Jones said. "We were all in agreement to expand the board." Contact Kelly Poe at (336) 373-7003, and follow @poe_NR on Twitter.

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