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Kwanzaa is an African American holiday celebrated from December 26 through January 1st. It is based on the agricultural celebration of Africa called "the first fruits" celebrations, which celebrate the times of harvest, gathering, reverence, commemoration of the past, recommitment to cultural ideals and celebration of the good.
December 26, 2013 - January 1, 2014
Thursday, December 26 Umoja (Unity)
6:00 pm - The Urban League, 201 West 5th Street, Winston-Salem
Theme: Living In Harmony With Those Inside and Outside My Circle
Honorees: Dr. Amber Baker and Ernie Pitt
Sponsor: Winston-Salem Urban League Contact: 336-725-5614
Friday, December 27 Kujichagulia (Self Determination)
6:00 pm - Delta Arts Center, 2611 New Walkertown Rd, Winston-Salem
Theme: Doing All That Is Set Before Me
Speaker: Mercedes Miller
Honoree: Leo Rucker
Sponsors: Delta Fine Arts, Inc. & Triad Cultural Arts, Inc. Contact: 336-473-2082
Saturday, December 28 Ujima (Collective Works and Responsibility)
4:00 pm - Emmanuel Baptist Church, Shalimar Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Theme: Never Leaving My Brother or Sister Unaided
Sponsor: Emmanuel Baptist Church
Sunday, December 29 Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Carl Russell Recreation Center, 3521 Carver Road, Winston-Salem
Theme: Using My Talents in Cooperation with The Talents of Others So Together We May Prosper
Speaker: Felecia Piggott-Long
Honoree: Richard Williams and Steve Nivens, Jr.
Sponsors: Carl Russell Recreation Center & Victory In Life
Monday, December 30 Nia (Purpose)
6:00 pm - Grace Presbyterian Church, 3901 Carver School Road, Winston-Salem
Theme: Finding My Path and Purpose Through Prayer, Meditation and Spiritual Readings
Speaker: Ryan Wilson
Honoree: Renee Andrews
Sponsor: Grace Presbyterian Church
Contact: 336-722-4399, 767-7530
Tuesday, December 31 Kuumba (Creativity)
1:00 pm - Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem
Theme: Freeing Myself to Experience New Ideas, New Viewpoints, New Philosophies, New Understandings
Speaker: Dr. Carlton Eversley
Honorees: Patrice Toney and Luellen Curry
Sponsors: NC Black Repertory Theatre Company & Forsyth County Public Library
Wednesday, January 1 Imani (Faith)
4:00 pm - Alpha and Omega Church of Faith, 1445 N Gray Ave, Winston-Salem
Theme: Sweeping Away Fear of the Unknown, Past Regrets, Concerns for the Future
and Meeting Each Day with Active Faith
Speaker: Nigel Alston
Sponsors: Alpha and Omega Church of Faith & St. Philips Heritage Center
The History of the Kwanzaa Celebration in the Triad
Kwanzaa Celebrations started in 1977
Kwanzaa was created out of the philosophy of Kawaida, which is a cultural nationalist philosophy that argues that the key challenge in black peoples' lives is the challenge of culture, and that what Africans must do is to discover and bring forth the best of their culture, both ancient and current, and use it as a foundation to bring into being models of human excellence and possibilities to enrich and expand our lives. It was created in the midst of our struggles of liberation in the 1960's and was part of our organization US" efforts to create, recreate and circulate African culture as an aid to building community, enriching black consciousness, and reaffirming the value of culture grounding for life and struggle.
Rachel and Duane Jackson of Winston-Salem had friends in Greensboro, NC, Barbara Ferguson Kamara and her husband Musa, a native of Sierra Leone, Africa. They had been celebrating Kwanzaa with a Pan African Organization affiliated with A&T State University each year...The Jackson's were invited to attend as their guest for 3 years...It was an awesome and wonderful cultural experience, held at the East White Oak Community Center in east Greensboro. The Jackson's were very active in the programs at the East Winston Branch library...Their main focus was on how to increase the circulation of books and developing a tutorial/after school program for students K-12 grade. They presented the idea of celebrating Kwanzaa to the East Winston Friends of the Library, and the group decided to sponsor the celebration. The branch head and staff embraced the idea of Kwanzaa, and the principle, Kuumba (Creativity) was always presented there as an annual event....Branch heads and library staff involved in the early years were: Margaret Allen, Dottie Butler, Jane Steele, Barbara Anderson, Pat Wright Stepney, Shirley Hairston Hollaway, Renee Brown Andrews, Tim Jackson. Sylvia Sprinkle Hamlin, then the head of Children's Outreach Program, pushed for the celebration to become an official part of the library's program......... Some other folk involved in implementing and supporting Kwanzaa were people like, J. C. Simpson- chair of the Friends group, Louise Wilson- ESR director, Mrs. M. Earl F. Benson- tutorial coordinator, Maize Woodruff- library board, Bill Jackson- a poet and rapper, Santana- a photographer, Joseph and Gail Anderson- The Healing Force, Burning Spear- Reggae Band, Amattullah Saleem, and Hashim Salih-Otesha Dancers.
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