Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Honor RollBlack History Month Honor Roll

The Wake Forest Human Relations Council (HRC) is celebrating Black History Month in 2022 by once again offering residents the chance to recognize local African Americans who have made a difference enhancing and improving the quality of life in their community, family, church, business, organization or other group.

From now through Saturday, Jan. 15, the HRC will accept nominations for Wake Forest residents to be recognized for their contributions. 

Wake Forest residents, former residents, and business and community stakeholders that identify as African American are eligible. Nominees should demonstrate leadership and integrity and be respected by their peers. In addition, potential nominees may be recognized for one or more of the following actions:

  • Helping neighbors and fellow Wake Forest citizens;

  • Demonstrating hospitality and/or concern for others;

  • Supporting local businesses and charities;

  • Promoting a sense of community in their neighborhood and beyond;

  • Serving the community through their school, church, business or community organization.


Walking ToursBlack History Month Walking Tours - ALL TOURS ARE FULL
Thursdays in February ~ 1 pm

The Town of Wake Forest will offer free Black History Month Walking Tours of the Northeast Community every Thursday in February at 1 p.m.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to the first 15 participants to sign up for each tour.

Led by staff from Historic Preservation Planning and the Wake Forest Historical Museum, the tours will include Olive Branch Baptist Church, Alston-Massenburg Center, the newly restored Ailey Young House, the African American Cemetery, and more. Along the way, each group will discuss the developmental and architectural history of the area, along with the significant men and women who shaped the Northeast Community. Tours are outside only and will not include the inside of individual homes or buildings.

Each tour is approximately 90 minutes and will begin at Taylor Street Park, 416 N. Taylor St., proceed south to East Spring Street, west to North White Street, north to East Juniper Avenue and east back to Taylor Street Park.

For complete details, visit https://bit.ly/BHMWalkingTours or contact Michelle Michael at 919-435-9516 or mmichael@wakeforestnc.gov.


Shades of GospelShades of Gospel - SOLD OUT
Saturday, Feb. 5 ~ 7:30 pm
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre will host the 2022 Shades of Gospel music concert featuring award-winning gospel singer Pastor John P. Kee on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are sold out! 

Known for his soulful, husky voice, Pastor Kee will be backed by a talented six-piece band and a host of back-up singers. The pastor of Charlotte’s New Life Fellowship Center, Kee is a widely acclaimed gospel musician with six solo albums to his credit, plus 20 more with his choir. A 2007 Christian Hall of Fame inductee, he has garnered several awards and honors for his singing and songwriting, including 27 Gospel Music Workshop of America Excellence awards.

The Shades of Gospel concert is partially funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit www.wakeforestrencen.org/ or call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.


Jackie RobinsonJackie Robinson
Saturday, Feb. 12 ~ 11 am
Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.

Bright Star Theatre will present "Jackie Robinson" at the Alston Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St., on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 11am.

Jackie Robinson’s number “42” has come to symbolize the triumph of the human spirit over incredible odds. This biographical tale follows the life of Jackie Robinson, the first black baseball player to cross the color lines in the Major Leagues. A real-life hero and a tribute to the power of persistence and determination in the face of adversity, see why Jackie Robinson has inspired so many people both in and out of sports! 

This free program is part of The Renaissance Centre Arts for All series that is supported by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.


Black History Month ExpoBlack History Month Expo
Sunday, Feb. 12 ~ 1-4 pm
Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is partnering with Wake Forest native Ronald “Skip” Parker to host a “Black History Expo” on Sunday, Feb. 13, from 1-4 p.m. at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St. 

Free and open to the public, the expo will feature on display many of Parker’s unique and authentic antiques and collectibles from the mid-1800s through the mid-1900s, including an 1842 wooden washboard, a vintage 1954 DeLaval stainless steel milk can, antique dolls depicting Rosa Parks, Ida B. Wells, Ella Fitzgerald, Katherine Johnson, and Maya Angelou, and much more. 

For more information, email Community Center Supervisor Garrett Bryant at gbryant@wakeforestnc.gov.



In December 2020, Mayor Vivian Jones visited the homes of Dianne Laws, Evelyn Jones and Roger Shackleford where she read proclamations recognizing each one for their contributions to our community. Staff video recorded these presentations which were shown during the regular Board of Commissioners meeting on January 19, 2021.

Evelyn Jones
Dianne Laws
Roger Shackleford
Celebrate Black History Month
Communications & Public Affairs Director