Annual Programs

  1. Race Relations
  2. Interfaith Community
  3. Housing
  4. Youth Outreach
  5. International Programs

Black History Month

The City of Winston-Salem has hosted and participated in many Black History Month events. The events are aimed toward improving race relations and celebrating the contributions of esteemed African-Americans in the Winston-Salem community.

Showcase of Song

In celebration of Black History Month, the Human Relations Commission sponsored the first-ever "Showcase of Song: An African-American Cultural Celebration," on Tuesday, February 26, in the Salem and Winston Rooms at LJVM Coliseum.

Five choirs and a soloist showcased the link between the African culture and modern-day African-American hymnals and spirituals by including information about the origins of the songs and their cultural significance. This free event brought out over 200 people in attendance and we are already looking forward to our next Showcase of Song.

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Napper Singers

Juneteenth Festival

The Triad Juneteenth Festival, coordinated by Triad Cultural Arts and co-sponsored by the City of Winston-Salem Human Relations Department and various other community organizations, celebrates the freeing of the last group of slaves in America. The festival educates the community about African-American freedom and commemorates the end of slavery. Different cultural entertainment and several forms of African-American Art are featured during the celebration.

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Student Race Relations Forum

High School students from each of the public high schools in Forsyth County discuss the state of race relations and stereotypes at their schools. Since its inception in 2002, the annual forum has been held at a different high school each year. The 2020 Forum was held virtually and we would like to thank all of the students that attended to represent their schools.

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