2016-17 Kwanzaa Schedule


The week-long Kwanzaa celebration a will be held at locations throughout Winston-Salem December 26 – January 1.  Kwanzaa, which means “first fruits of the harvest” in the African language Kiswahili, is a unique African American celebration with focus on the traditional African values of: family, community responsibility, commerce, and self-improvement.  Kwanzaa is neither political nor religious and is not a substitute for Christmas.   It is a time of reaffirming African-American culture and to resolve to carry out the principles of Kwanzaa in the New Year.

Several community organizations have come together to sponsor a day of Kwanzaa.  The programs are family oriented and include African drumming, music, service recognitions, inspirational messages, food and fellowship.   They are free and open to the public.  Donations will be collected to continue presenting African American history and cultural programming.

City-wide Kwanzaa Schedule:

Monday, December 26   Umoja (Unity)
6:00 pm  –  The Enterprise Center, 1922 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Winston-Salem 
Honoree:   Sylvia Sprinkle Hamlin, Director, Forsyth County Public Library
Sponsor:   Winston-Salem Urban League, Triad Cultural Arts, Inc.
Contact: 336-725-5614

Tuesday, December 27   Kujichagulia (Self Determination)
6:00 pm  –  Delta Arts Center, 2611 New Walkertown Rd, Winston-Salem
Speaker:    Judge Denise Hartsfield
Honoree:    Mrs. Courtney Omega Taylor-Porter, Proprietor of Positive Image Performing Arts (P.I.P.A.)
Sponsor:   Delta Fine Arts, Inc.
Contact:         336-722-2625

Wednesday, December 28   Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
6:00 pm  –  Winston Lake Family YMCA, 901 Waterworks Road, Winston-Salem
Speaker:         Rev. Alvin Carlisle, President, NAACP, Winston-Salem Branch
Honoree:        Judge Camille Banks
Sponsors:       Big 4 Alumni Group & Winston Lake Family YMCA
Contact:         336-724-9205,  336-725-5614

Thursday, December 29   Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
7:00 pm – Carl Russell Recreation Center, 3521 Carver Road, Winston-Salem
Honoree:   Dawn’s Travel and More
Sponsor:         Carl Russell Recreation Center
Contact:          336-727-2580

Friday, December 30   Nia (Purpose) 
6:00 pm  –  Grace Presbyterian Church, 3901 Carver School Road, Winston-Salem
Sponsor:         Grace Presbyterian Church
Honoree:        Cheryl Harry
Contact:         336-722-4399, 767-7530

Saturday, December 31   Kuumba (Creativity)
1:00 pm – Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem
Sponsors:       NC Black Repertory Theatre Company, Forsyth County Public Library
Contact:         336-703-2953

Sunday, January 1   Imani (Faith)
2:00 pm  –  Old Salem Museums & Gardens, 900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem
Honoree:        Warren and Georjean Moore, Owners of Irie Rhythms Restaurant
Sponsor:         Greater Vision Dance Company, St. Philips Heritage Center
Contact:         336-995-4194