Greensboro's civil rights museum names Clopton new board chairman
Yasmine Regester, Staff Writer | 10/21/2013, 7:51 a.m.
George Clopton, corporate vice president of distribution
services for Ralph Lauren, High Point, has been named as the
new chairman of the International Civil Rights Center and
Museum board of directors.
Former chairman and co-founder Melvin “Skip”Alston
relinquished the position in September and announced that
Clopton was the new chair on Tuesday, October 15. Clopton was
chosen by the board in a unanimous vote.
“He was a good choice,” said Alston. “He’s been a member of
the board and very supportive of the museum. We know the
dedication is there and his leadership will take us to another
level of success.”
The museum board chose the new chair weeks ago, but had to
wait on approval from his company, Ralph Lauren, before it
could be announced.
Alston and former state representative Earl Jones co-founded
the museum in the F.W. Woolworth building in downtown
Greensboro in 1993 and became fully operational in 2010. The
building is the site of the historical lunch counter sit-in by
four N.C. A&T College students on February 1, 1960, which
sparked hundreds of civil rights protests across the country.
According to Alston, the museum has been losing between
$25,000 and $30,000 every month. The city agreed last month to
loan $1.5 million, to be split into three parts, so the museum
can continue its operations. To receive the loan, the museum
must turn over clean audits before the funds are released. The
museum is slated to get $750,000 this year from the city.