Black History Month Honor Roll

Overview

The Wake Forest Human Relations Council (HRC) is celebrating Black History Month by offering town 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, organizations or other groups.

From now through Saturday, January 21, 2023, the HRC will be accepting nominations for your fellow Wake Forest residents to be recognized for their contributions to the community.

Nominate Now

 

Eligibility & Submission Requirements

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 any of the following actions:

  • Helping neighbors and fellow Wake Forest citizens in some way.

  • Demonstrating hospitality and/or concern for others.

  • Support for 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.


Please Note

  • The HRC endeavors to recognize as many Wake Forest African Americans as possible. In order to achieve this goal, nominations that were highlighted in 2021 and 2022 will not be considered this year. View the 2021 and 2022 honorees below. 

  • Nomination narratives describing the individual’s contributions should be 400 words or less.

  • Submissions should include a picture of the nominee. 

 

What Happens Next?

The HRC will review the nominations and select Wake Forest African Americans to honor throughout the month of February. Honorees will be recognized on the Town of Wake Forest Facebook page and Town website.

 

2022 Honorees

Wayne Parker

Ailey Mae Young

Lon Smith

Timothy Williams

Chandler Rice

James A. Grant

Ruben Wall

Sheila Brown

 

2021 Honorees

Feb. 1 - Norma Bennekin

Feb. 1 - Dr. Michele Benoit-Wilson

Feb. 2 - Velma Boyd Lawson

Feb. 2 - Laurie Butler

Feb. 3 - Elizabeth C. Bradshaw

Feb. 3 - Andrew (Drew) Brown, Jr.

Feb. 4 - Theatric (Tee) Caudle, Jr. 

Feb. 4 - Tilda Caudle

Feb. 5 - Gordon Coleman, Jr.

Feb. 5 - Candace Davis 

Feb. 6 - Yvonne Drew 

Feb. 6 - Wilma Dunston

Feb. 7 - Mitzi Franklin

Feb. 7 - Edwin (Ed) C. Gary

Feb. 8 - Salina Gary 

Feb. 8 - Pidie Forte Lucas Green

Feb. 9 - Freda Hall

Feb. 9 - Mel Hempstead

Feb. 10 -  Shynese Hockaday

Feb. 10 - Rev. Dr. Enoch Holloway and Dr. Marion Holloway

Feb. 11 - Derek Jennings

Feb. 11 - Evelyn Jones

Feb. 12 - Monica Lileton

Feb. 12 - Deidre Martin

Feb. 13 - Mitchell Andrew Lawson

Feb. 13 - Ginny Jones

Feb. 14 - Michael Loftin

Feb. 14 - Reggie Lucas

Feb. 15 - Charles Martin

Feb. 15 - Dianne Laws

Feb. 16 - Alphonza (Al) Merritt

Feb. 16 - JuJuan Mitchell

Feb. 17 - Bonnie Mwanda

Feb. 17 - Jess Norwood

Feb. 18 - Bettina Pope

Feb. 18 - Jamila Richardson

Feb. 19 - Isaac Rucker

Feb. 19 - Roger Shackleford

Feb. 20 - Kimberly Soden

Feb. 20 -  Oliver and Betty Stevenson

Feb. 21 - Barbara Geraldine Hall-Taylor

Feb. 21 - Eugene Taylor

Feb. 22 - Linda Thomas

Feb. 22 - Troy N. Thomas Sr. 

Feb. 23 - Shelley Torres

Feb. 23 - Willie Lee and Mamie Tee Walker

Feb. 24 - Bridget Wall-Lennon

Feb. 24 - Elrie Walton

Feb. 25 - Willie Fleming

Feb. 25 - John Hall, Jr.

Feb. 26 - Tom Jeffries

Feb. 26 - Luther and Hazel Yarborough Watkins

Feb. 27 - Theresa Watkins

Feb. 27 - Allen Young

Feb. 28 - Hilda ParlĂ©r

Feb. 28 - Robin L. Smith

Black History Month Honor Roll
Human Resources Director
919-435-9491
Helpful Links