Hayti Legacy Kwanzaa 2018

It’s beautiful… It reminds me of home in Africa. It is a way to celebrate my culture… Just the drumming and the music, it reminds me of home. – Pearl Forbes, Liberian native

Hayti Kwanzaa Table 2015 created by Baba Chuck Davis

Hayti Kwanzaa Table 2015 created by Baba Chuck Davis

Hayti Legacy Kwanzaa kicks off the week-long Kwanzaa festivities in the Triangle. Kwanzaa is a 7-day celebration of family, community, and culture observed from December 26 through January 1. Co-sponsors – Shabutaso Inc. and Hayti Heritage Center – bring the community together under Kwanzaa’s first day and principle – Umoja – Ki-Swahili for Unity. The day-long celebration features a documentary film showing, interactive activities for families, and evening performances. See Kwanzaa Across the Triangle page for more information and a listing of Kwanzaa events throughout the Triangle.

WHO: Children, Adults, Seniors

WHAT: Hayti Kwanzaa– family-friendly African-American cultural celebration

WHEN: Wednesday December 26th, 2018 1pm – 9:00pm

WHERE: Hayti Heritage Center 804 Old Fayetteville St. Durham, NC 27701

HOW MUCH: Suggested donation of $1 for children and seniors, $3 for adults; No one will be turned away

2018 THEME: New Water from Ancient Wells


“knot of reconciliation”

This adinkra symbol represents the reconciliation between the past and the future; our black communities need and make room for both.




2:00pm Film Showing

2pm African Marketplace opens- clothing, crafts, food, books, and MORE

3:30pm Cultural Arts Sampler– 20 minute sampler classes for kids and adults offered by local artists and instructors

4pm Chess Village– Chess fun facilitated by Coach Eric Zeigler

5 pm “New water in Ancient Wells”– intergenerational workshop, a conversation between elders and youth facilitated by Taylor Webber fields

6 pm African Diasporic Music Workshop– music, history, and culture workshop facilitated by BUMP the Triangle

7pm Candle Lighting Ceremony hosted by Zayd Malik Shakur

7:30pm Performances- featuring Africa Unplugged