Project Democracy 20/20

What is it?

Project Democracy 20/20 is a yearlong Greensboro History Museum initiative exploring American democracy through exhibitions, public programs and innovative community connections. The centerpiece of this project is the Smithsonian traveling exhibition, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith (on view at the museum December 7, 2019–March 27, 2020).

This project will spark discussions relevant to the presidential election year, the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote and the 60th anniversary of the Greensboro Sit-Ins. We will explore the questions:

  • What is democracy?
  • Who votes and how?
  • Beyond the ballot, how have we used our right to petition and protest?
  • What are the rights and responsibilities of citizens?
  • How does engaging with history activate citizens’ participation in their government?

How can I get involved?

Share your ideas at a Shaping Project Democracy Open Session

We want you to help shape Project Democracy 20/20. Come to one of our open sessions to learn about the project goals and share your ideas. What do you want to know about the history of voting, protest and civic engagement in Greensboro and across North Carolina? What kinds of programs and activities will help our city and its communities?

Join us at one of our free drop-in programs at the museum:

  • Sunday, July 14, 3–4:30 pm
  • Tuesday, July 16, 5:30–7 pm
  • Friday, July 19, 12–1:30 pm

Share your personal history as part of Greensboro Voices: Voting

Help us document individual perspectives on the opportunities, challenges and feelings associated with casting a ballot by participating in a video oral history interview.

We invite you to share your experience about your experiences going to the polls, whether last year or decades ago. You may even appear as part of the Smithsonian American Democracy exhibition in December.

Contact Glenn Perkins at 336-373-2610 or Glenn.Perkins@greensboro-nc.gov to take part.


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