The Winston-Salem Police Department will honor a retired detective, a community supporter, and the winners of its Black History Month coloring and essay contests during its 2nd annual Black History Month Celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, at the Hanes Hosiery Recreation Center, 501 Reynolds Blvd., Winston-Salem. The public is invited.
At the program, retired Police Detective Alean Sims will be recognized for her contributions. Sims served the Police Department for more than 28 years and was one of the department’s first female African-American detectives. Mattie Young, a resident in Cleveland Avenue Homes who has invested many years in helping the Police Department reduce crime in her community, will be presented the department’s Community Service Award.
The school children who won the department’s Black History Month coloring and essay contests will also be recognized, and the Wake Forest University Gospel Choir will perform.
Also participating will be Mayor Allen Joines and Northeast Ward Council Member and Mayor Pro Tempore Vivian H. Burke, the chair of the Public Safety Committee.