Citywide Kwanzaa celebration to offer various activities

Citywide Kwanzaa celebration to offer various activities
December 24
00:00 2015

Special to The Chronicle

The Winston-Salem Urban League will kick-off the annual citywide Kwanzaa celebration. The weeklong celebration  will be held at locations throughout Winston-Salem from Dec. 26 to Jan. 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. It is a time of reaffirming African-American culture and resolves to carry out those principles in the New Year.

Several community organizations have come together to sponsor a day.  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.

For more information visit or call 336-757-8556.

City-wide Kwanzaa Schedule:

Saturday, Dec. 26   Umoja (Unity)

6 p.m., The Urban League, 201 West Fifth St.

Speaker:   Dr. NKrumah D. Lewis, Author, Entrepreneur, Social Activist and Advocate

Honoree: Attorney Hazel Mack, Founder of Carter G. Woodson School of Challenge and Ms. Ruth Hopkins, Principal of Carter G. Woodson

Sponsor: Winston-Salem Urban League   Contact: 336-725-5614

Join the Winston-Salem Urban League for the opening celebration of the first principle of Kwanzaa: Unity (Umoja), which stresses the importance of togetherness for the family and the community.  The evening will include musical and artistic cultural expressions and will feature African drumming by the legendary Otesha Creative Arts Ensemble.  Guest speaker, Dr. NKrumah D. Lewis author, entrepreneur, social activist will deliver the community charge and advocate for stigmatized populations.


Sunday, Dec. 27, Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)

6 p.m., Delta Arts Center, 2611 New Walkertown Road

Speaker: Councilmember Denise “DD” Adams

Honoree: James and the Late Ernestine Huff Family

Sponsor: Delta Fine Arts, Inc.  Contact: 336-722-2625

Celebrate the second principle of Kwanzaa: Kujichagulia (koo-gee-cha-goo-LEE-yah, self-determination requires that we define our common interests and make decisions that are in the best interest of our family and community.  The speaker will be Councilmember Denise “DD” Adams and the community artist family of James and the late Ernestine Huff family will be honorees.  Attendees will have the opportunity to view the extraordinary exhibition, celebrating John Biggers.


Monday, Dec. 28, Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)

6 p.m., Winston Lake Family YMCA, 901 Waterworks Road

Honoree: Kenneth Simington, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Sponsors: Big 4 Alumni Group & Winston Lake Family YMCA

Contact: 336-724-9205

Celebrate the third principle of Kwanzaa: Ujima (oo-GEE-mah), Collective work and responsibility reminds us of our obligation to the past, present and future, and that we have a role to play in the community, society, and world.


Tuesday, Dec. 29, Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)

6 p.m., Carl Russell Recreation Center, 3521 Carver Road

Honoree: Jay Carlton

Sponsor: Carl Russell Recreation Center

Contact: 336-727-2580

Celebrate the fourth principle of Kwanzaa: Ujamaa (oo-JAH-mah), cooperative economics emphasizes our collective economic strength and encourages us to meet common needs through mutual support.  Learn about African-American businesses through the Black Business Showcase.


Wednesday, Dec. 30, Nia (Purpose)

6 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church, 3901 Carver School Road

Speaker: Rev. Toure Marshall, Pastor Grace Presbyterian

Honoree: Mrs. Emma Shouse, Grace Presbyterian Long time church worker and member

Sponsor: Grace Presbyterian Church

Contact: 336-722-4399, 767-7530

Celebrate the fifth principle of Kwanzaa: Nia (NEE-yah), Purpose encourages us to look within ourselves and to set personal goals that are beneficial to the community. The speaker and honoree will be Rev. Toure Marshall, pastor of Grace Presbyterian. Attendees will be invited to participate in African dance and drumming with the Otesha Creative Arts Ensemble and will enjoy a “church pot luck” dinner.


Thursday, Dec. 31, Kuumba (Creativity)

1 p.m., Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive

Speaker: Nigel Alston, Interim Director, National Black Repertory Company

Honoree: Hashim Saleh, Creative Director of Otesha Creative Arts Ensemble

Sponsors: NC Black Repertory Theatre Company, Forsyth County Public Library & Triad Cultural Arts

Contact: 336-703-2953

Celebrate the sixth principle of Kwanzaa: Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah), Creativity makes use of our creative energies to build and maintain a strong and vibrant community. Attendees will experience theatre at its best through performances by the North Carolina Black Repertory Teen Theatre and Dance Ensemble. Taste the delicious foods of the Karamu Feast.


Friday, Jan. 1, Imani (Faith)

4 p.m., Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1075 Shalimar Drive

Speaker: “When Courage become Contagious,” Our Selma (a dramatic presentation)

Honoree: Mildred Peppers

Sponsor: Emmanuel Baptist Church

Contact: 336-788-7023

Celebrate the seventh principle of Kwanzaa: Imani (ee-MAH-nee). Faith focuses on honoring the best of our traditions, draws upon the best in ourselves, and helps us strive for a higher level of life for humankind, by affirming our self-worth and confidence in our ability to succeed and triumph in righteous struggle.  Come together to close out the Kwanzaa celebration with friends, family, community and cultural expressions.


About Author

WS Chronicle

WS Chronicle

Related Articles


Featured Sponsor

Receive Chronicle Updates

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.



More Sponsors