Black History Month

This is a Town-Organized event. What does this mean?

Black History Month, from February 1st through March 1st, provides an annual opportunity to honor the contributions and legacy of Black Americans across U.S. history and society.

This year's celebration month includes:

Hip Hop Dance Class with Live Drumming 

Saturday, February 10, 2024  | 1 - 2:30 pm
Apex Senior Center (63 Hunter St) - Hughes/Hunter Rooms

All skill levels and ages welcome! Join us for Hip Hop class that includes a brief history of hip hop, some of the classic moves, a live drumming performance, and more. The class is free, but registration is required. Space is limited to the first 20 participants. 

Register for this class here.

Counter History Ice Cream Social

Thursday, February 15, 2024 | 7 - 9 pm
Halle Cultural Arts Center (237 N. Salem St)

Join us for as we explore two award-winning programs that document black history in the South - the Counter History Royal Ice Cream Sit-In and the Virtual MLK Project.

Panelists will discuss how the sit-in at the Royal Ice Cream Parlor led to Martin Luther King, Jr. visiting. This event also includes a movie showing, virtual reality elements, panel discussion, and, of course, ice cream! This event is free, but requires registration. 

Panelists include:

  • Apex Mayor Jacques Gilbert
  • Jesse Paddock – Director and Editor of the Counter History Sit In at the Royal Ice Cream Parlor in Durham
  • Vickie Gallagher – Professor; Dept of Communications at NC State.  She is the principal investigator of the Virtual MLK project
  • Derek Ham – Department Head of Media Arts, Design and Technology/Associate Professor of Media, Arts, Design and Technology vMLK creator
  • Glenis Redmond – Award winning poet, Kennedy Center Teaching Artist, First Poet Laureate of Greenville, SC

Register for this event here.

Apex 150th - Black History Month Exhibit

February 2024
Halle Cultural Arts Center (237 N. Salem St)

A special Black History Month exhibit is on display in the Studio Gallery! This exhibit showcases some of the historically Black communities and African-American community members that played important roles in shaping Apex history.

Apex 150th - Apex Black History: Stories still with us today

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 | 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Eva Perry Regional Library (2100 Shepherd's Vineyard Dr)

In the years before the Civil War, half of the inhabitants of southwestern Wake County were enslaved Africans or Free Persons of Color. Their stories still speak to us today. Get a window into their world when local actors present snippets from Warren Holleman’s new play, “Forged in Fire: The Story of Apex,” and students from Middle Creek High School retell these stories through art, poetry, and music.

Register for this event here.

Minority and Women Business Enterprise BadgeMinority and Women Business Enterprises Program

The Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MWBE) program, launched in early 2023, aims to support minority and women-owned businesses in finding resources and also provides a directory of their businesses and the services they offer the community. Apex’s MWBE initiatives advocate for and facilitate business growth to provide opportunities for historically underutilized businesses (HUB).

Learn more about this program and find out if your business qualifies

What is the difference between a Community Event and a Town-Organized Event?

Community Events 
This is an event that a non-profit organization runs, pays for, and plans. Town of Apex staff provides an event location (Town Hall Campus, Salem Street, etc.), along with staff from public safety, public works and other departments, as necessary.

Town-Organized Events
This is an event that the Town of Apex creates, pays for, and plans. Town of Apex staff manages the programming, including activities, logistics, and vendors. This is sometimes referred to as a “Town Owned Event”.