2017 City-Wide Kwanzaa Celebration to be held
HONOREES: RAVONDA DALTON RANN, JERRY HANES, REV. TOURE C. MARSHALL, KATHRYN MOBLEY, AND BEN PIGGOTT
Triad Cultural Arts and the Winston-Salem Urban League and will kick-off the annual city-wide Kwanzaa celebration on Tuesday, Dece. 26, 6:00 pm at the Winston-Salem Urban League with the introduction of Umoja (Unity), the first of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. The week-long Kwanzaa celebration a will be held at locations throughout Winston-Salem Dec. 26 – Jan. 1. The programs are family oriented and include African drumming, music, service recognitions, inspirational messages, food and fellowship.
Among the Kwanzaa honorees this year are RaVonda Dalton Rann – Unity, Jerry Hanes-Cooperative Economics, Rev. Toure C. Marshall-Purpose, and Kathryn Mobley – Creativity. Ben Piggott will receive a special recognition for service.
This year, two days have been set aside for individuals to create their own ways to engage the principles. On Thurs., Dec. 28 to observe the principle of Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), volunteerism encouraged. Individuals are asked to join others who are doing good through their work to build and maintain the community. On Mon., Jan. 1, in observance of Imani (Faith) families are encouraged to come together to reaffirm the African American legacy and to resolve to carry out the principles of Kwanzaa in the New Year.
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 events are free and open to the public. A donation will be collected for the preservation efforts of local African American history. For more information visit the website: www.triadculture.org or call 336-757-8556
Several community organizations have come together to sponsor a day of Kwanzaa:
Tuesday, December 26 Umoja (Unity)
6:00 pm – The Urban League, 510 N. Trade Street, Winston-Salem
Parents/family members may bring children at 5:00 pm for an art project.
Honoree: RaVonda Dalton Rann
Special Recognition: Ben Piggott
Sponsors: Winston-Salem Urban League, Triad Cultural Arts, Inc.
Wednesday, December 27 Kujichagulia (Self Determination)
6:00 pm – Delta Arts Center, 2611 New Walkertown Rd, Winston-Salem
Sponsor: Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts, Inc.
Thursday, December 28 Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
On this day volunteerism is encouraged – join others who are doing good through their work to build and maintain our community.
Friday, December 29 Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
6:00 pm – Carl Russell Recreation Center, 3521 Carver Road, Winston-Salem
Business Showcase and Vendor’s Market
Honoree: Jerry Hanes
Sponsor: The Piggott Family
Contact: 336-682-0258, or 336-414-0589
Saturday, December 30 Nia (Purpose)
6:00 pm – Grace Presbyterian Church, 3901 Carver School Road, Winston-Salem
Honoree: Rev. Toure C. Marshall
Sponsor: Grace Presbyterian Church
Contact: 336-722-4399, 767-7530
Sunday, December 31 Kuumba (Creativity)
3:00 pm – Forsyth County Public Library, 660 W 5th St , Winston-Salem
Honoree: Kathryn Mobley
Sponsors: NC Black Repertory Theatre Company, Forsyth County Public Library
Monday, January 1 Imani (Faith)
On this day, families are encouraged to come together to reaffirm the African American legacy and to resolve to carry out the principles of Kwanzaa in the New Year.