Winston-Salem is celebrating Black History Month through a multitude of events. From film viewings to art galleries to poetry readings, there are several opportunities to learn more and become involved in celebrating this month.
February 17: “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin” will be shown at the Forsyth County Public Library at 7:00p.m. Admission is free. After helping to organize the 1963 March on Washington, Bayard Rustin was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
February 17: “Celebrating Maya Angelou” event to be held at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art at 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Reverend Churn, Wake Forest University faculty, students, and select community members will read lines from Angelou’s poetry. Attendees are encouraged to share their favorite lines of Angelou’s poetry on social media (#celebratingmaya).
February 18 & April 15: Old Salem is featuring a Created Equal Film Series. “The Abolitionists” will show on Feb. 18 at 11:30 a.m., and “The Loving Story” at 12:00 p.m. on April 15.
The films will be shown at James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium and registration is required, though the event is free.
February 20: The Delta Fine Arts Center is hosting an African American Read-In from 6 p.m. to 7:00p.m. Participants are allowed to read passages by African American writers, but the reading should not exceed one and a half minutes.
February 20-22: The North Carolina Black Repertory Company will perform “Excelsior” in honor of Black History Month. Tickets are $16 and $12 for groups of at least ten.
At Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University, one of the top African-American art galleries in the nation, the current exhibit, “Vibrations, Frequency, and the Phenomenon of Relationship: Works by Vandorn Hinnant” will be on display through March 31.
Television showings of Award-Winning productions highlighting African-American history in Winston-Salem will air on WSTV-13 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 8:00pm during February.