DURHAM, NC Tuesday, December 26th, 2017 Hayti Heritage Center and Shabutaso, Inc. host the Hayti Legacy Kwanzaa at the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St. Durham, NC 27701. The theme for this year’s celebration is Leadership through Service in remembrance of Baba Chuck Davis’ monumental legacy as a global chief who out-gave with his time, his talent, and his treasure both home and abroad.

The day-long celebration features a documentary film showing, The Children’s Village with interactive activities for families, and evening performances. Everyone is invited to partake in African Diasporic music, history and culture workshops provided by BUMP: the Triangle; chess with Coach Eric Zeigler; and a sampling of martial arts, dance and drum classes taught by local arts instructors. There special performance tributes to Baba Chuck by Alex Weiss & Different Drum, DanceSpirit Magazine’s “next generation of stars” pick Jabu Graybeal, and special guest appear by the always soulful Shana Tucker! This year will mark the first Annual Kwanzaa Youth Essay Contest with performance opportunities and cash and other prizes.  Food, artwork, clothing, books and crafts are plentiful at the African-inspired Marketplace.

The doors open at 1:00pm with the film showing. At 2:00pm the Marketplace opens for the entire day followed by a one-hour Diaspora Arts Sampler at 2:30pm. The Children’s Village runs from 4:00pm until 6:00pm. The Candle Lighting Ceremony and performances begin at 7:00 p.m. Click here for more Kwanzaa Across the Triangle Events.

Shabutaso Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) connecting and reconnecting to traditional African culture and values. The St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation is committed to the Hayti Heritage Center, the former St. Joseph’s AME Church, a National Historic Landmark, as a cultural and economic anchor to the greater Durham community.  St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit, charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. For more information, please call Aya Shabu, 617-959-2076, email: or The Hayti Heritage Center (919) 683-1709 or visit their website at