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Posted on: January 18, 2024

Celebrate Black History Month in Holly Springs

Black History Month Proclamation in Holly Springs

Following a successful MLK Day of Service where residents mulched and cleaned litter and debris from the trail at Bass Lake Park, Mayor Mayefskie proclaimed February as Black History Month in Holly Springs. There to receive the proclamation were Furman and Deborah Beckwith with the Holly Springs MLK Jr. Committee.

Visit the Holly Springs Cultural Center throughout February to celebrate Black History Month in Holly Springs. Events include a gallery walk, a panel discussion, movie screenings, and more, all in partnership with the Holly Springs MLK Jr. Committee.

Gallery Walk Features Art of Apex Native Christopher Evans

Throughout February, experience a gallery walk displaying the art of Apex native Christopher Evans. A self-taught artist and the proprietor of Good Trip Gallery in Raleigh, Evans’ artwork is inspired by life itself. 

“Being born and raised in Apex, North Carolina has allowed me to incorporate a piece of home, the people, its culture, and those experiences within my work,” Evans noted.

Evans added that the intention of his work is to provoke thought from viewers, spark emotion, and embrace nonconformity.

The Cultural Center is open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

On Saturday, Feb. 24, view a live art demonstration by Evans at 12:30 p.m.

Black Pioneers Panel Discussion 

Friday, Feb. 23, 6 p.m.

Listen in on a panel discussion with some of the first Black students at UNC Chapel Hill. Speakers will share courageous stories about the daily struggles endured and overcome. The discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Terrance Ruth. The discussion is free and open to the public. 

Free Movie Showings

Watch a free movie showing in the Cultural Center Theatre in partnership with the Holly Springs MLK Jr. Committee.

Till, Friday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.

Till is based on the true story of Mamie Till-Bradley, an educator and activist who pursued justice after the murder of her 14-year-old son Emmett in August 1955. Rated PG-13.

The Little Mermaid, Saturday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m.

The Little Mermaid is a live-action adaptation of Disney's 1989 animated film. Rated PG.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2 p.m. 

Queen Ramonda, Shuri, M'Baku, Okoye and the Dora Milaje fight to protect the kingdom of Wakanda from intervening world powers in the wake of King T'Challa's death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia and Everett Ross and forge a new path for their nation. Rated PG-13.

Holly Springs Black History Tour

Also, enjoy the Holly Springs Black History Tour by using your phone or computer to navigate downtown Holly Springs to see historical photos, hear recollections from residents, and imagine the lives of those here when it all began. Visit the tour: hollyspringsnc.gov/blackhistorytour 

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