Kwanzaa city festivities to be broadcast virtually

Hybrid celebration will include in-person activities

The annual citywide Kwanzaa celebration hosted by Triad Cultural Arts will take place from December 26 to January 1. Kwanzaa, which means ‘first fruits of the harvest’ in the African Kiswahili language, is a unique African-American celebration emphasizing the traditional African values ​​of family, community responsibility, commerce and self-improvement .

The festivities will be hybrid this year and will include family activities, including African percussion, music, inspirational messages, panel discussions and activities for young people. Dr. Felecia Piggott-Long, author and educator, will host the events.

Most programming begins at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted and will be broadcast live on the Triad Cultural Arts Facebook page,

The Kwanzaa committee would like to thank Truliant Federal Credit Union, Food Lion and the sponsoring organizations for their contribution to this year’s celebration.

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


Sunday December 26 Umoja (Unit)

The Winston-Salem Urban League is happy to open the citywide celebration of Kwanzaa with a Night of Unity! Join us for an engaging speaker and cultural art as we celebrate the joys of our culture. It will be a hybrid event – both virtual and in person.

Sponsor: Urban League of Winston-Salem

Monday, December 27 Kujichagulia (Self-determination)

Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts will use the Kwanzaa platform to officially announce the celebration of the 50th anniversary of its founding in 1972. Kujichagulia’s principle of self-determination – defining us, naming us, creating for ourselves, speaking for us – same – embodies Delta Fine Arts’ mission to recognize, nurture and develop African-American artistic creations. Program participants will be: Legacy Honoree – Brandon Coley, winner of the Delta Fine Arts 50th Anniversary Logo Design Competition and Co-Recipients of the TrailBlazer Award Marvette Aldrich and Barbara Eure, first exhibitors at the first Delta Arts Center in 1982. Otesha Creative Arts Ensemble will provide Cultural Expression, Dr. Felicia Piggott-Long will present the libation and the Honorable Judge Denise Hartsfield will lead the community. Other members of the Delta Fine Arts Board of Directors will complement the other program presentations.

Sponsor: Delta Fine Arts, Inc.

Tuesday December 28 Ujima (Collective work and responsibility)

An old-fashioned talent show

The Big 4 Schools produced exceptional singers and musicians who went on to become professional recording artists, entertaining audiences across the Triad and beyond. During this celebration of Kwanzaa, The Big 4 Alumni Association takes you back to those “glory days” to relive the talent shows with some of the performers who lit up the stages of Anderson, Atkins, Carver and Paisley auditoriums.

We are proud to bring you the incredible sounds of the legendary Napper Gospel Singers of Big 4 High School, acclaimed jazz artist Joe Robinson, sensational R&B group Sylvania Wilder, Carlotta Samuels and Jackie Sinclair, and the inspiring and moving sound of Rev Sam Hickerson.

Sponsor: The Big 4 Alumni Association of Forsyth County

Wednesday, December 29 Ujamaa (Cooperative economy)

The Winston Salem Black Chamber of Commerce will participate in this year’s Kwanzaa celebration. WSBCC members will present a skit that will focus on supporting African American-owned businesses. This skit will show how spending in the community we live in creates jobs, broadens the resource base for entrepreneurs, and creates networking opportunities that will help grow small and medium businesses. The sketch will last between 15 and 20 minutes and will be virtual.

A Speed ​​Sellers Fair with local black businesses will be available during the virtual program.

Sponsor: Winston-Salem Black Chamber, the Piggott family,

Thursday, December 30 Nia (Objective)

The Brown and Douglas Active Adult Recreation Center invites you to join us in person or stream the Kwanzaa, Nia Principle celebration through the Town of Winston-Salem YouTube page. We will have a live performance by Otesha Creative Arts Ensemble. Keynote address, Reverend Dr John Mendez. Inspiration Award Winners: Frankie L. Gist, HOPE Dealers Outreach and Terrence Petree, TP is my Hero Foundation.

Sponsor: Brown and Douglas Active Adults Recreation Center and Otesha Creative Arts Ensemble

Live on the City of Winston-Salem’s YouTube channel.

Friday December 31 Kuumba (Creativity)

Celebrate Kuumba (Creativity) with the Forsyth County Public Library by learning how to make a Kwanzaa Drum, discovering various book recommendations, and learning how to make a Collard Green Salad as part of your Karamu (Kwanzaa Feast).

Pick up a craft kit from one of our Forsyth County Public Libraries to craft a Kwanzaa Drum, Necklace, and / or Bracelet from December 20-30. Kwanzaa craft kits are limited, so please contact your local branch for availability: Carver School Road Branch Library, Central Library, Clemmons Branch Library, Paddison Memorial Library, Lewisville Branch Library, Malloy / Jordan East Winston Heritage Center, Reynolda Manor Branch Library, Rural Hall Branch Library, Southside Branch Library, and Walkertown Branch Library.

Sponsor: Forsyth County Public Library

Saturday January 1 Imani (Faith)

12 hours

The Winston-Salem / Forsyth County Emancipation Association will be hosting their annual Emancipation Day celebration. The guest speaker is Reverend Dwight Hash Sr., Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church. Lawyer Reba Warren will conduct the annual reading of the Emancipation Proclamation and the scholarships and recognitions will be led by Daniel Piggott. Other participants in the program are Senator Paul Lowe, Jr., Representative Evelyn A. Terry and Forsyth County Commissioner Fleming El-Amin. Triad Cultural Arts will close the citywide Kwanzaa celebration by lighting the 7th candle of this program in honor of the Imani (faith) principle.

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