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Kwanzaa celebrations focus on family, culture

Posted December 27, 2010

Kwanzaa, which celebrates African-American heritage and culture, started Sunday and runs through Jan. 1.

Some of the celebrations and events marking the holiday started earlier this month. But there are many this week. Here are some of them:

The Hayti Heritage Center will mark Kwanzaa at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the St. Joseph's Performance Hall, 804 Old Fayettevile Street in Durham. Doors open at 6 p.m. and vendors have been invited to sell their wares. At 7:30 p.m., choreographer Chuck Davis, who is founder and artistic director of the African American Dance Ensemble, will light the Kinara, a candle holder with seven candles that is integral to the celebration, and talk about Kwanzaa's prinicipals. It's free and open to the public. And on Jan. 1, the African American Dance Ensemble will be part of KwanzaaFest 2010 at the Durham Armory. It's from noon to 6 p.m. and is free. Click here for more information about these and some other Kwanzaa events in the Triangle.

Cary will hold its 16th annual Kwanzaa celebration from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Herbert C. Young Community Center. There will be live entertainment and children's activities, along with a cultural marketplace with handmade arts and crafts. It's also free and open to the public. Click here for more information about Cary's event.

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  • Nancy Dec 28, 2010

    For some perspective ...

    "Kwanzaa is a celebration that has its roots in the black nationalist movement of the 1960s, and was established as a means to help African Americans reconnect with their African cultural and historical heritage by uniting in meditation and study of African traditions and Nguzu Saba, the "seven principles of blackness" which Karenga said "is a communitarian African philosophy".

    During the early years of Kwanzaa, Karenga said that it was meant to be an alternative to Christmas, that Jesus was psychotic, and that Christianity was a white religion that black people should shun."

    "In 1971, Karenga "was sentenced to one to ten years in prison on counts of felonious assault and false imprisonment".[8] One of the victims gave testimony of how Karenga and other men tortured her and another woman. The woman claimed to be stripped and beaten with an electrical cord. Karenga's former wife, Brenda Lorraine Karenga, testified he sat on one woman’s stomach while another

  • Sunne Dec 28, 2010

    Kwanzaa is not a religious celebration; it's celebrated in addition to Christmas. There is nothing wrong in African-Americans having a holiday to celebrate their heritage.

  • darkhorse94 Dec 27, 2010

    LOL@Iwork. Festivus is just as viable a holiday as Kwanzaa.

  • Iworkforaliving Dec 27, 2010

    I think I need to make up a holiday to celebrate.

  • darkhorse94 Dec 27, 2010

    I think it would be quiet beneficial to explore the history of Kwanzaa, along with its founders and their motives. This is not as widely celebrated in the Black Community as some may think or as the news media reports/generates. In fact, most Christians churches in the Black community denounce the young holiday as an attempt to devalue the celebration of Christmas honoring the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. Many sources agree that this was the whole purpose of the holiday's creation. In most Christian households the Christmas holiday is celebrated straight thru the new year. They continue to have lights on until Jan 2. The founders of Kwanzaa were well aware of this as well.
    All these facts are well documented on the web, and I suggest that we all review them before allowing the media to create holidays for us.
    Just a thought.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • delilahk2000 Dec 27, 2010

    THIS WAS THE ONLY FORUM I COULD FINED IS SAYING MY VIEWS ON THE SUBJECT. I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE TO FEEL THIS WAY.

  • delilahk2000 Dec 27, 2010

    I DID NOT SAY ALL STATIONS, JUST YOU AND OTHERS....AFTER ALL IT WAS CHRISTMAS....

  • delilahk2000 Dec 27, 2010

    THEY HAVE SAID KWANSA A LOT, BUT DON'T SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS. I AM NOT UNDERSTANDING WHY CBS AND OTHER STATIONS DID NOT SHOW ANY CHRISTMAS MOVIES. I GUESS BEING POLITICALY CORRECT IS MORE IMPORTANT. I AM ONE VIEWER THAT IS GETTING A LITTLE TIRED OF ALL THIS PC.......NOT ONE OF THE ALL TIME CHRISTMAS FAVORITES WERE SHONE. IF IT WAS NOT FOR THE COMMERCIALS ON YOUR STATION WE WOULD NOT EVEN KNOW IT WAS CHRISTMAS AT ALLLLLLLLLL. ALL YOUR STAION AND WRAL.2 IS MOVIES ABOUT KILLING..........