Kwanzaa, Swahili for "first fruits" or "first fruits of the harvest," is a celebration of African-American heritage, family and culture. It begins Dec. 26, focusing on Unity/Umoja, and runs through Jan. 1. There are a number of local observances for the celebration.
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"CELEBRATE KWANZAA AT HAYTI & BEYOND!: A week-long celebration will be observed starting each night at 7:30 p.m. at the Hayti Heritage Center at 804 Old Fayetteville Street. It will be hosted by percussionist and lyricist Zayd Malik. Please bring nonperishable food items nightly for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Admission is free to the public.
12TH ANNUAL KWANZAA CELEBRATION: An event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Herbert C. Young Community Center at 101 Wilkinson Avenue in Cary. Admission is free to the public.
"IMANI KWANZAA FEST": Chuck Davis and the African-American Dance Ensemble will be part of a community celebration around Imani, the last day of Kwanzaa that celebrates faith, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1 at the Durham Armory at 220 Foster St. Admission is free to the public.
"AFRICAN ANCESTRY KWANZAA CELEBRATION": An event will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Alphonsus Center at 810 Reid St. East in Wilson.