The Charlotte community is warmly invited to participate in the 2018 Kwanzaa Charlotte events and city-wide kwanzaa holiday celebrations. Programs will be conducted throughout the Charlotte community from December 26 – January 1, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Sign language interpretation by Fluent Language Solutions will be available for designated programs, and upon request. An African Marketplace will be available on selected evenings, and will open at 6pm. All events are free, and open to the public

This year marks the 53rd Anniversary of the founding of Kwanzaa, and the 35th year of local celebrations produced by Kwanzaa Charlotte, a volunteer group of individuals and organizations. The importance of Kwanzaa to African-Americans and the world community has been recognized by a US Postal Service Kwanzaa Stamp released six times since 1997.

kwanzaacharlotte 2018 schedule

2018 Kwanzaa City-wide Celebrations


kwanzaa-kinaraKwanzaa 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.

Wednesday December 26, 2017 – Umoja  (Unity)
Location: Greenville Memorial AME Zion Church – 6116 Montieth Dr., 28213
6pm – African Marketplace
Host: A Sign of the Times Band & Rev. Sheldon R. Shipman
704.596.4742

Thursday December 27, 2018 – Kujichagulia  (Self Determination)
Location: Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center (adjacent to Bruns Academy) – 440 Wesley Heights Way, 28208
Host: The Jzar Family in collaboration with Mecklenburg County Parks Recreation,
704.299.2659 or 704.287.7774

Friday, December 28, 2018 – Ujima (Collective Work & Responsibility)
Location: East Stonewall AME Zion Church – 1729 Griers Grove Rd, 28216
6pm – African Marketplace
Host: The Males Place

Saturday, December 29, 2018 – Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)
Location: Kamitic Life Center – 2715 Tuckaseegee Rd., 28208
6pm – African Marketplace
Host: Ausar Auset Society & Kamit Natural Foods
704.339.0038

Sunday December 30, 2018 – Nia (Purpose) 
Location: Our Lady of Consolation Family Life Center – 1235 Badger Ct., 28206
6pm – African Marketplace  Host: The Nation of Islam

Monday December 31, 2018 Kuumba (Creativity) 
Location: Our Lady of Consolation Family Life Center – 1235 Badger Ct., 28206
6pm – African Marketplace
Host: Kwanzaa Charlotte
980.224.9709

Tuesday January 1, 2018 – Imani (Faith) 
Location: Greenville Memorial
AME Zion Church – 6116 Montieth Dr., 28213
Host: A Sign of the Times Band & Rev. Dr. Sheldon R. Shipman
704.596.4742

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

Workshops


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“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,

“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.

Family Workshop
Sunday December 2, 2017 – 11AM to 1PM
Location: Beatties Ford Regional Library – 2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216

Kwanzaa Philosophy/History Workshop
Tuesday December 5, 2017 – 6:30 PM to 8:00 P.M.
Location: Beatties Ford Regional Library – 2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28216