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26th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration

December 26-31, 2020

Don't miss the 26th Annual Cary Kwanzaa Celebration presented virtually! Cary Kwanzaa is a communal, cultural celebration that honors African-American people and their heritage. The Kwanzaa Celebration is produced by the Town of Cary in partnership with the Ujima Group Inc.

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What is Kwanzaa and how is it Celebrated? 

Every December 26th, the holiday of Kwanzaa begins. Kwanzaa is rooted in African celebrations of harvest, but its formal origin is surprisingly recent. The holiday was started by Maulana Karenga, a professor in California, in 1966. Dr. Karenga wanted African Americans “to feel good about themselves and to have something that they could connect to, to make their lives better,” Dr. Linda Humes, an educator, told 


Storyteller Willa Brigham 

Willa-BrighamWilla Brigham, an avid writer of short stories, poetry and songs and host of the Television show, Smart Start Kids, uses her multiple talents and contagious energy to stimulate audiences of all ages. Join her on a quest for excitement, adventure and a joyous tour of your creative imagination. Her goal is to empower audiences to believe in themselves via the spoken word. Willa will be presenting stories that explore the principles of Kwanzaa. Appropriate for all ages. 



 Mr Soul – virtual cinema -opens December 15th 

Mr. Soul PosterMR. SOUL! celebrates the groundbreaking PBS series from its genesis to its eventual loss of funding against the backdrop of a swiftly changing political and social landscape, while profiling Ellis Haizlip, the charismatic man behind one of the most culturally significant and successful television shows in U.S. history. 

From 1968 to 1973, the public-television variety show SOUL!, guided by the enigmatic producer and host Ellis Haizlip, offered an unfiltered, uncompromising celebration of black literature, poetry, music, and politics—voices that had few other options for national exposure, and, as a result, found the program an improbable place to call home. The series was among the first to provide expanded images of African Americans on television, shifting the gaze from inner-city poverty and violence to the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. With participants’ recollections and a bevy of great archival clips, Mr. SOUL! captures a critical moment in culture whose impact continues to resonate. 

Kwanzaa arts & crafts to enjoy at home 

Following these links to instructions on fun activities you can do at home with your family to celebrate Kwanzaa. 

Kwanzaa Activities for Kids (from What to Expect)

Kwanzaa Crafts (from Activity Village)

Kwanzaa Activities and Fun Ideas for Kids (from ChildFun)

Kwanzaa Activities for Children (From DLTK's Crafts for Kids)


Robbie Stone
Arts & Operations Coordinator
Town of Cary
(919) 460-4969