Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Honor RollBlack History Month Honor Roll
Nominations accepted through January 15

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. The online nomination form is available at http://bit.ly/WFBHMHonorRoll.

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.

Nomination Form


Shades of GospelShades of Gospel
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 $25 plus tax and may be purchased online or at the Renaissance Centre Box Office, 405 S. Brooks St.

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.

Purchase Tickets


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.



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