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Kwanzaa events planned in Cary, Durham

Posted December 23, 2012

Some of the symbols of Kwanzaa.(WRAL-TV5 News)

We have a few community events to mark Kwanzaa, the annual celebration held to appreciate the African American culture.

Here's what's scheduled:

The 18th annual Cary Kwanzaa Celebration is 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. The event includes music, ethnic foods, vendors, arts and crafts and special activities for children. The theme is "social change through community involvement" and includes a special tribute to former Cary Town Council member Jessie Ward. The event is free and open to the public.

The Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 N. Driver St., will host a Kwanzaa celebration in Durham from noon to 6 p.m., Sunday. The free family event includes entertainment, food, speakers, a community market, activities for kids and more. The event's highlight is the Kwanzaa Unity Ceremony at 2 p.m. Area leaders will light candles to signify unity in Durham. There will be youth and adult drumming performances.

Also in Durham, Kwanzaafest is slated for Jan. 1 at the Durham Armory. Doors open at noon for the 2:30 p.m. performance featuring the African American Dance Ensemble and Chuck Davis. This is a free event.


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  • natashatoon Dec 24, 2012

    Actually Kwanzaa is a spiritual holiday. The purpose was gain a better understanding of American-American culture but its importance is focus on family and not the commercialization of Christmas (simply put people who celebrate Kwanzaa will not have to pay on Christmas gifts for next few years because they make their gifts). As stated before it is a spiritual holiday so people of all cultures are welcomed it is not exclusive to African-Americans. It is sad when we automatically see the negative instead of the positive of a celebration. It is not an African celebration but a celebration to show the what African-Americans have contributed to this country. I guess if we never speak to those who celebrate the holiday we will continue to stereotype. Kwanzaa is not celebrated in Africa because it is not an African holiday. For the record Africa is a continent and is made of 57 countries (but you can Google search that).

  • Enough is Enough People Dec 24, 2012

    I am black and I agree with tax man. I don't know why wral even advertises this.

  • djofraleigh Dec 24, 2012

    too racial for me. I don't go for white power, black power or anything non-inclusive, but this is sponsored by city government, right?