Hayti Legacy Kwanzaa 2021

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

DURHAM, NC Sunday, December 26th, 2021 Hayti Heritage Center and The Magic of African Rhythm host the annual Hayti Legacy Kwanzaa at the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St. Durham, NC 27701. “Turning Wounds in Wisdom” speaks to this year’s festival theme of community healing and restoration. 

Photo credit: Chuck Ruffin

Kicking-off Umoja, the first day of the Kwanzaa season, will be a panel of community leaders, organizers, and activists discussing contemporary community issues. Immediately following these courageous conversations are featured performers Kuumba West African Dance from Danville, Va enlivening audiences with African dance and drumming. Participatory activities include a co-created community altar curated by EarthSeed Land Collective and the community. Participants are invited to bring “seeds” of all kinds – literal and figurative – for an abundant harvest in the new year. Closing out the day is Raising Voices Community Sing for Joy and Affirmation, a community sing guided by Visionary Conductor of BUMP: the Triangle Joy Harrell Goff. Vendors in the Ujamaa Marketplace are open all day offering jewelry, clothing, oils, incense, and books!

Kwanzaa activities will be outdoor this year. Please stay home if you are sick. Observe masking and social distancing and COVID protocols. There are limited tickets to events. Register for one or more activities at https://haytikwanzaa2021.eventbrite.com.

Doors open at 11:30 am. Panel Discussion at 12:00 pm; Candle Lighting and Performance at 1:00 pm; Community Altar at 2:00 pm, Community Sing at 3:00 pm; Ujamaa Marketplace open all-day

The Magic of African Rhythm’s mission is to connect and reconnect 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 Teli Shabu, 919-638-8221, email: shabufam@gmail.com or visit their website at  https://tmoar.wordpress.com/ or The Hayti Heritage Center (919) 683-1709 or visit their website at http://hayti.org/.