The Human Relations Awards Banquet, which began in 1987, is the second of two events in observation of Human Relations Month in February. The awards banquet is a joint event sponsored by the City of Goldsboro and Wayne County.

Members of the Community Affairs Commission serve on the committee to plan and organize the awards banquet, and select winners from various schools in Wayne County for posters and essays submitted by the students on the topic selected by the Human Relations Commission. Posters are displayed at the Berkeley Mall one week prior to the banquet, and at the banquet, along with the winning essays.

The committee also selects winners from three other categories: the Individual Award; the Civic Organization Award; and the Business/Industry Award. These winners are selected from candidates nominated by various individuals, organizations, and businesses in the community.

The winners are recognized at the Awards Banquet with trophies and plaques presented to the winners