Every year Shabutaso Inc. partners with Hayti Heritage Center to organize the annual Hayti Kwanzaa Celebration.

Harambee fists high with pride at Holton Kwanzaa.

Harambee fists high with pride at Holton Kwanzaa.


DURHAM, NC Monday, December 26th, 2016Hayti Heritage Center and Shabutaso, Inc. host the annual Hayti Kwanzaa Celebration at the Hayti, 804 Old Fayetteville St. Durham, NC 27701. The theme for this year’s celebration is “The Indestructible Seed” celebrating the community’s perseverance and genius in the face of struggle.

The day-long celebration features evening performances and interactive activities for children, families, and seniors. Everyone is invited to partake in African Diasporic music, history and culture workshops provided by BUMP: the Triangle; Black Genius workshops provided by Village of Wisdom; chess with Coach Eric Zeigler; and a sampling of dance and drum classes taught by local arts instructors. Live performances are the equivalent of an arts feast. Collage Dance Company brings the dance, The Healing Force brings the songs, and Rebecca Artis brings history alive through original dramatic interpretation. Food, artwork, clothing, books and crafts are plentiful at the African-inspired Marketplace.

The doors open at 1:00pm with the Kwanzaa 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.

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




1 thought on “KWANZAA 2017”

  1. Hope you have a wonderful time !


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