When the new International Civil Rights Museum opened this week in Greensboro NC, it was no surprise that the ribbon was officially cut by Skip Alston and Jesse Jackson.
Jackson is an alumnus of North Carolina A&T, the school whose students sparked the sit-in "movement" at the Woolworth's cafeteria where the museum is located today. Alston, past president of the North Carolina NAACP, is chairman of the non-profit Sit-In Movement, Inc., which was established to develop and run the museum.
It's also not a surprise that the museum has received annual donations in the $250,000 range from the City of Greensboro.
However, what surprises city councilmembers, according to the Rhino Times, is that the museum is actually renting the old Woolworth's building from the for-profit Museum Landlord LLC. And the sole member of this LLC is -- Skip Alston!
Perhaps the city council shouldn't have been surprised. Just last month, it was revealed that Alston convinced the Guilford County Commission (of which he is a member) to put the put the Ole Asheboro hotel project (of which he is a broker) first in line for federal stimulus money!
It seems Alston has learned to play the shakedown game well.