The Charlotte community is warmly invited to participate in the 2020 Kwanzaa Charlotte events and city-wide kwanzaa holiday celebrations. Kwanzaa Charlotte events are educational and cultural activities designed to benefit the entire Charlotte, NC community centering on the Nguzo Saba. Each day families & individuals are reminded to incorporate the values expressed in the Nguza Saba into their life.  This year marks the 54th Anniversary of the founding of Kwanzaa, and the 36th year of local celebrations produced by Kwanzaa Charlotte, a volunteer group of individuals and organizations.


Due to the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19 and related health concerns, Kwanzaa Charlotte has decided to forego its in-person, week-long Kwanzaa Celebration of family, community, and culture.

Instead, we warmly invite the community to join us virtually, as we present our annual History, Family and Craft workshop, and three (3) programs celebrating the principals of Umoja, Kujichagulia, and Imani.

Kwanzaa-themed infographics will be posted for daily viewing December 26, 2020 – January 1, 2021.

Kwanzaa programs will be available for viewing on:

December 26th  7 PM Umoja – Unity

December 27th  7 PM Kujichagulia – Self-Determination

January 1st 7PM Imani – Faith 


American Sign Language interpretation will be provided for all Kwanzaa programs, and they can be accessed on:

FaceBook Page –

Kwanzaa Charlotte YouTube channel –

We thank the community for your loyal support and eager participation in the past, and deeply regret that we will not be able to see your faces, feel the warmth of your presence and hear the joy of your laughter and applause of appreciation. We hope that you, your family, and friends will enjoy our virtual programming. Stay safe and be well!

Visit us on Facebook at Kwanzaa Charlotte

Twitter: @kwanzaa_clt
Instagram: Kwanzaacharlotte


Kwanzaa Charlotte is honored to offer interactive Kwanzaa Workshop Series and the annual city-wide celebrations.  The details for all events are listed below.



“Celebrating Kwanzaa at Home” is the theme for the family workshop. It is designed for families who want to learn the origins, fundamental activities, the essential values and the seven basic symbols of this time-honored celebration of family, community and culture. Pronunciation of the Swahili terms and the creation of a Kwanzaa craft will be a part of this interactive program.
Facilitators: Terry Tiamd & Elisha Minter

“The Philosophy/History of Kwanzaa” is designed for high-school, college and adult participants. This lecture/discussion examines the cultural philosophy which is the basis of the seven-day Kwanzaa celebration, that was created during the 60’s struggle for civil and human rights.
Facilitator: Tahirah Farrer-Bradley  kwanzaa charlotte workshop-2

All events are free, and open to the public. The workshop facilitators are volunteers from Kwanzaa Charlotte and have been active in developing and presenting Kwanzaa programs in Charlotte and surrounding communities for the past 32 years.

Kwanzaa History Family & Craft Workshop (click heading to watch now)
Saturday December 12, 2020 – Noon Broadcast
Facilitators: Terry Tiamd, Elisha Minter,  & Tahirah Farrer-Bradley
Reference Guide: celebrating-kwanzaa-at-home-2020

American Sign Language interpretation will be provided for all Kwanzaa programs, and they can be accessed on:

FaceBook Page –

Kwanzaa Charlotte YouTube channel –