January 10, 2024

🗣️ MLK Day Weekend

The Go-To Winston-Salem

January 10, 2024


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday, January 15. Did you know the civil rights leader visited Winston-Salem on two separate occasions?

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at Wait Chapel on Wake Forest University’s campus on October 11, 1962, and returned to Winston-Salem to speak at Goler Metropolitan AME Zion Church on April 13, 1964.

Keep reading for a roundup of events celebrating this amazing man’s legacy.

MLK Dayy 2024 Read-IN

Wake Forest University’s MLK Day Read-In. Photo courtesy Wake Forest University

MLK Jr. Keynote Symposium | Robert L. Strickland Center Auditorium | January 11 | 6 PM

Hear from the owners and operators of the Sweet Potato Restaurant about their journey as Black entrepreneurs.

Song and Spoken Word | Mount Tabor United Methodist Church | January 15 | 4 PM

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with songs from a variety of groups + choirs and a reading from the church’s youth group.

MLK Day Celebration | Hanesbrand Theatre | January 15 | 7 PM

Marvel at a showcase of talent from across the Triad. The event is free to guests with three non-perishable food donations benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank.

The Mountaintop | The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem | January 19-21

Watch this reimagining of the events the night before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.

MLK Jr. Pop-up Salon | Robert L. Strickland Center Auditorium | January 20 - February 22 | 8 AM - 6 PM

Take a self-guided tour that explores the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through his speeches, local connections, and interview videos with locals.

MLK Day Read-In | Winston-Salem State University | January 20 | 10 AM - 12 PM

Children K-5th grade are paired with a "Reading Buddy" who leads them through educational activities. Each child receives a civil rights-themed book.

Test Your Knowledge

Martin Luther King visits Winston-Salem. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Martin Luther King visits Winston-Salem. (Winston-Salem Journal)

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Friday, January 12

  • Movie Night - Head to a/peture to see a showing of the new Mean Girls—we hear it’s “so fetch!” 3:30, 6:15, and 9 PM

Saturday, January 13

  • DIY Workshop - Create your own shower steamers using all-natural ingredients and essential oils at Dog-eared Coffee Company. Mimosas and light hors d’oeuvers included. 10 AM

  • Family Art Day - Bring the kids and unleash your creativity at Second Saturday at SECCA, a family-friendly event. 10 AM - 1 PM

  • Cooking Class - Make pizza from scratch alongside your child at Southern Home & Kitchen. 12 PM

  • Adoption Event - Meet a new furry friend at Tucker’s Tap Yard! Brought to you by The Haley Graves Foundation NC. 12-3 PM

  • Author Talk - The Bookhouse hosts Susan Surman (author of award-winning romance West Palm Gig) for an author talk and book signing. 1:30 PM

  • Free Screening - Camel City Playhouse hosts a screening of The Big Chill, with trivia beforehand. Trivia at 6:30 PM, screening at 7:30 PM

Sunday, January 14

  • Bachata and Brunch - Dance to the rhythm of bachata beats while enjoying brunch at Pink Moon Cafe. All skill levels are welcome. 1-3 PM

  • Cocktail Class - Join Easytalk at the bar for a class on Manhattans and Martinis. 4 PM

Monday, January 15

  • Drag Bingo - Enjoy five rounds of bingo and drag performances at Joymongers Barrel Hall. 7-9 PM

Greater Winston-Salem

📑 Greater Winston-Salem, Inc. is hosting free events (registration required) focused on talent and workforce development at their offices (525 Vine St.)

  • Ask a Recruiter | January 18 at 2 PM | Top recruiters will share job search and career tips for local job seekers.

  • Expand Your Talent Pipeline | January 25 at 2 PM | A comprehensive discussion about refugee hiring and how to create a successful experience for job candidates and employers.

  • Resume Review | January 30 at 12 PM | Have your resume reviewed by a local workforce development professional.*

Other News

  • Scholarship: Did you know Piedmont Federal Savings Bank offers two $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to attend a two- or four-year college or university? The deadline to apply is February 1.*

  • Art: The WS|FC Public Art Commission is commissioning artists to beautify three more bus shelters in Winston-Salem. The Art Commission will host a community meeting on Zoom where finalists will present their design proposals and the public can offer feedback. Check out the completed projects from 2020!

  • Save the Date: LEAD Girls of North Carolina’s Annual Soirée will be held on March 10. The event celebrates eight years of LEAD Girls and honors this year’s LEAD Awardees.

  • Business: The Minority Business Enterprise recently announced the recipients of its grant program, which distributed $219,600 to 20 local minority-owned small businesses.

  • Temporary Closure: The Reynolda House Museum of American Art will be closed until February 1 to allow staff to make improvements to the historic house.

  • Athletics: Perfect Game has ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons’ baseball as the No. 1 team in the country. Tickets for the Deacons’ next home game go on sale January 16.

  • Legacy: Fam Brownlee, a community historian and storyteller, passed away on January 3 at the age of 80. He worked in the North Carolina Room at Forsyth County Central Library for 14 years and also published hundreds of articles on the North Carolina Room blog about local history.

  • Member Shoutout: Thank you, Adam, for becoming a member of The Go-To. We so appreciate you! We believe information about our city should not be an exclusive privilege. Membership revenue helps keep our reporting free and available to the entire community.

Upcoming Events

  • Ask a Recruiter - Join Greater Winston-Salem as they welcome top recruiters from the area to offer job search and career tips to local job seekers on January 18.

  • Free Coworking - Enjoy a day of coworking, lunch, productivity, and networking with Flywheel Coworking's Community Day on January 24. Register today!

  • Spark - Discover the power of “intrapreneurship” through engaging talks, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities hosted by Intrapreneurs Forum on January 31.

The Wrap

  • ❄️ Cold weather got you stuck inside? Check out our DIY classes guide to find a fun (indoor) class to attend!

  • 🤤 Looking to try a new restaurant? Team member Mikaela recommends Oh’ Calcutta, which serves modern Indian cuisine and is located in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem.


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