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The holidays are here! 

This month, explore seasonal events that are taking place across
North Carolina.

Keep reading to learn what the AAHC has been up to, as well!

Featured Event

17th Annual African American Cultural Celebration
Saturday, January 27, 2018
10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 
North Carolina Museum of History

Holiday Events throughout the State 

Christmas at Stagville
December 2 | 12:00-4:00 PM
Historic Stagville (Durham) | Free

Historic Stagville Holiday Lantern Tours
December 2 | 5:00-7:00 PM
Historic Stagville (Durham) | $5 (free for children 3 and under)
Event tip: Enjoy a special performance of the Jonkonnu tradition on this special evening!
CALL (919) 620-0120 FOR TICKETS

28th Annual Christmas Open House
December 3 | 1:00-4:00 PM
Somerset Place (Creswell) | Free

Kwanzaa Celebration
December 5 | 7:30 PM
Witherspoon Student Cinema | NC State University (Raleigh) | Free
Presented by the NCSU African American Cultural Center and the Office for Institutional Diversity and Equity

Town of Snow Hill Downtown Christmas Extravaganza
December 8 | 6:00-9:00 PM
Snow Hill | Free
For event details, please contact (252) 747-3414.

Christmas in Canary
December 9 | 2:00-8:00 PM
Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum (Gibsonville) | $10 per family or $5 per family with two canned goods
Event tip: Meet Santa from 3:00-5:00 PM, or enjoy a nighttime tour at 6:00 PM!

Candlelight Christmas Celebration
December 9 + 16 | 4:30-9:30 PM
Tryon Palace (New Bern) | $25 adults, $15 youth; $20 adults, $10 youth for Tryon Palace Foundation Members
Event tip: Experience the Jonkonnu tradition at this celebration.

Town of Cary 23rd Annual Kwanzaa Celebration
December 29 | 11:00 AM-5:00 PM 
Cary Arts Center | Free
Presented by the Town of Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department in partnership with The Ujima Group, Inc. 

City of Durham Kwanzaa Celebration
December 30 | 3:00-5:00 PM 
Holton Career and Resource Center | Free Admission

Kwanzaa Celebration
January 1 | 2:00-4:00 PM
James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium | Old Salem Museum and Gardens (Winston Salem) Free

Black Santa at Hayti Heritage Center
Various dates and times
Hayti Heritage Center (Durham) | Free Admission

Black Nativity
Various dates and times
Arts Council Theatre (Winston Salem) | $15.00-$26.00
Presented by the North Carolina Black Repertory Company
Get your tickets now for this popular, classic show! 

NCAAHC on the Road

We hear you! 

The AAHC is traveling across the state to listen to you! We will be visiting key communities to learn how we can serve you better. In November we traveled to Wilmington, where we enjoyed a lively and fruitful discussion at St. Stephen A.M.E. Church. We look forward to responding to the ideas and recommendations that were shared. 
Upcoming Community Sessions
March 8, 2018 | Tryon Palace (New Bern) | 6-8 PM
March 15, 2018 | Hayti Heritage Center (Durham) | 6-8 PM
March 22, 2018 | YMI Cultural Center (Asheville) | 6-8 PM

More information to follow.

For additional session details, please email

Our western heritage

In November, we spent quite a bit of time out west. We traveled from the foothills to the mountains to work towards preserving African American heritage in Western North Carolina. Our experiences included a site visit to the Nina Simone Birthplace (Tryon) with community stakeholders and NC's Western Office of Historic Preservation; a conversation about preservation efforts surrounding St. Matthias' Episcopal Church (a historically black church in Asheville); and a glimpse into programming and exhibitions at the YMI Cultural Center (Asheville). 
Pictured: Nina Simone Birthplace

Honoring an icon

Our Executive Director, Michelle Lanier, recently had the opportunity to witness the dedication of the Dr. John Hope Franklin Highway. What a tremendous way to honor the legacy of the late Dr. Franklin!  

A Special Opportunity

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is digitizing African American home movies for free!

Click here to learn more about The Great Migration Home Movie Project

NC African American Heritage in the News

GRAMMY nominations are in! Snow Hill's Rapsody received two historic nominations: Best Rap Album ("Laila's Wisdom") and Best Rap Song ("Sassy").

Click here to learn more about these GRAMMY nods, or to learn of other African American artists from NC who received nominations.
The New York Times published an opinion piece on Pauli Murray's response to controversy at Yale University. 
Read More
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center was awarded a federal grant to host Between Form and Content, an exhibition on Jacob Lawrence's experiences at BMC. 
Read More
We want to promote African American heritage events from your community! Please share them with us.


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