Where to celebrate Black History Month in Winston-Salem

How the Twin City is honoring and celebrating African Americans who have paved the way in our nation.

WStoday: 9th Wonder artist mural in downtown Winston-Salem

9th Wonder is a hip hop record producer and a Winston-Salem native who is listed among the 25 Greatest Rap producers of all time on Billboard.


Every February, the country marks the history, struggles, achievements, and contributions of generations of Black Americans. From attending film series to exhibits highlighting the achievements of African Americans, here are a few ways to honor Black History Month in Winston-Salem.

Going down memory lane

“We Built This” Exhibit | Saturdays | 6 a.m.-12 p.m. | Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Farmers Market, 2532 Farmers Market Wy., | Free | See the stories of those who designed some of the state’s most historic sites from colonial days to the present.

Hearing history

Several universities and colleges in Winston-Salem are hosting month-long celebrations to highlight global Black and African diaspora communities. They are open to the public and free to attend. Those events include:

Black Sacred Music Symposium | Thursday, Feb. 15-Sunday, Feb. 18 | Times vary | UNCSA, 1533 S. Main St. | $15 | The four-day conference is dedicated to the study and performance of Black sacred music traditions, including congregational singing, folk and concert spirituals, hymns, and anthems.

Watch and learn

Black History Month Film Series | Thursdays | 7 p.m. | Old Town Neighborhood Center, 4550 Shattalon Dr., | Free | Watch films by prominent Black directors, including “The Great Debaters” and “Barbershop.”

The African American Read-In Chain | Forsyth County Central Library Auditorium, 660 W. 5th St. | Saturday, Feb. 17 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m. | Free | Listen to three-minute selections from African American fiction, nonfiction, poetry, plays, and sermons by local or national writers. Register by Monday, Feb. 12.

Showcasing talents

Black-Owned Business Expo | Saturday, Feb. 24 | 11 a.m.-8 p.m. | Hanes Mall, 3320 Silas Creek Pkwy. | Free | Shop from Black artists, makers, and small business owners.

Virtual Celebration | Sunday, Feb. 18 | 1 p.m. | Winston-Salem Police and Fire Departments will honor select retirees + the Recreation and Parks Department will showcase entries in its Black History Month exhibits and activities.

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