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Preserve the Heritage...Embrace the Experience!
Preserve the Heritage...
Embrace the Experience!

Diggin’ History is an interactive gamified Hayti history dig where participants uncover hidden stories about the people, places, and forces that shaped the neighborhood we see today.  In this online version, history clues will be shared in Google docs. Individuals work together in teams to solve missions, interpret history, create memories, and win points. Join as an individual or family-member team. Everyone wins by learning and building the community.

Required devices:

  1. Mobile device– tablet, iphone, android, or iPad 
  2. 2nd mobile device, desktop or laptop

How to join:

  • All players must register on Eventbrite 
  • Next, players download the Goosechase app on a phone or other mobile device
  • Join the zoom session via zoom link on Saturday Feb. 5th five minutes before game starts
  • Open the app and choose to play as a GUEST
  • Search for the game by name: “DIGGIN HISTORY BHM” (The game will be searchable starting Tuesday February 1, 2022 @ 5 pm)
  • Join your assigned team (family teams welcome)
  • Start playing!

What will happen during the session:

  • Introductions & Game Rules
  • 75-min Game Play
  • Team Acknowledgments & Awards
  • Durham Local History Q&A


You’ve heard about the vibes, now it’s your turn to experience being connected for yourself. This 3rd Friday equitable community engagement event will center:

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Gail Belvett’s We Are Here: Past, Present, Future featuring two December Artists, freedom clay and Shambo Medina in the Lyda Moore Merrick Gallery.

6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The December 2021 BIPOC Artists Holiday Market featuring a stellar line up of local creatives who are sure to provide the pleasure of giving and receiving from a place of cultural abundance, in the Claronell K. Trapp Brown Community Room.

8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Soulful Noel: Live Music for the People by OnQ! This FREE community concert with special, surprise, and local musical guests is not to be missed.

Food and Beverage by Black-owned makers, Black Santa, and COVID-19 Education|Testing|Vaccinations are available onsite, provided by the Durham County Department of Public Health. Wearing face masks covering the nose and mouth, as well as social distancing are required in order to keep our community safe.

Curated for Community by Community. Be Connected, Durham! And Beyond.

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The Hayti Heritage Center and Souloworks/Andrea E. Woods Present

Virtual wimmin@work 2021 – 5 Years Strong!

A wimmin’s herstory month celebration

This year’s wimmin bring a range of eclectic performance from dance, and original song and music, to the art of healthy eating, spoken word and krav maga. This year you can participate in three virtual wimmin@workshops in songwriting, self-defense and jazz dance.


Zoia Cisneros, Dorothy N. Clark, Kimberly Gaubault, Jaimie Lee, Lexi Lockhart, R.N Harris F.L.I.G.H.T Dance Drum Troupe, Say Kola, Kristi Vincent Johnson, Clarissa Kussin, Kamara Thomas, and Souloworks/Andrea E. Woods & Dancers with hattie gossett

wimmin@work is an interdisciplinary, intergenerational performance showcase celebrating wimmin’s herstory month. Wimmin of all generations come together to acknowledge that we stand on the mighty and magnificent shoulders of wimmin artists, educators, mentors, family, and friends. Let’s celebrate and share our creative endeavors in the way we do best, by being wimmin@work!

Session A – 12-1 pm

1.     Welcome Kimberly Gaubault, Andrea E. Woods Valdés, and Angela Lee

2.     Zoia Cisneros/Dance Improvisation

3.     Reverend Dorothy N. Clark/”I’ve Got A Feeling!”

4.     Zoom – Live African American Stepping wimmin@workshop with Dancer/Choreographer/Educator Kristi Vincent Johnson (30 min, 12:30-1pm)

Session B – 1:00-2:00 pm

5.     Kim Gaubault – Welcome Back

6.     RN Harris F.L.I.G.H.T Drum/Dance Corps “Standing Togehter” Dancers: Dawsyn Smallwood & Dakota Smallwood Directed by: Toya Chinfloo

7.     Alex Lockhart/Vocal Performance

8.     Souloworks Andrea E. Woods & Dancers featuring special guest writer mz. hattie gossett Dancefilm/Poem

9.     Zoom – Live Songwriting wimmin@workshop with singer, songspeller, mythology fanatic, and multidisciplinary storyteller Kamara Thomas (30 min, 1:30-2pm)

Session C (2:00-3pm)

10.   Kim Gaubault – Welcome Back

11.   Toya Chinfloo and Asha Chinfloo Missy Elliot Challenge/Mother-Daughter Dance Duet

12.   Zoom – Live wimmin@workshop with Clarissa Kussin – “Your Gut Health and Simple Strategies to Improve It “

13.   Say Kola/Vocal performance featuring live instrumentation

14.   Zoom – Live Krav Maga/Women’s Self Defense wimmin@workshop with Personal Trainer and Studio Owner Jaimie Lee (30 min, 2:28-2:58pm)

15.   Closing – Thank you! Full cast



Santas Just Like Me has been providing Santas of color since 2013. It was at the Hayti that we began this journey that brings us to our eighth season. This year, we are providing contactless Santa visits, exercising social-distancing and wearing masks. Your safety is our #1 concern as well as the safety of Santa and the staff. As a result, we will take 2 to 3 images of your family and provide digital downloads of your images for your holiday enjoyment. We are RESERVATION ONLY this year as a means of controlling the number of people in the venue at any given time. Can’t afford the reservation fee, give us a call at 919.583.7900 or visit us at www.SantasJustLikeMe.com and drop us a note. 




***Hayti Heritage Film Festival’s Backyard Film Series


Friday, September 25 is postponed due to rain.

The new Rain Date is Sunday, September 27.***


Weather permitting, HHFF will still host the Backyard Film Series Drive In – UNITED SKATES

Saturday, September 26 at 7 PM. Stay tuned for updates throughout the weekend.


As a reminder, the Drive In will take place at Measurement, Inc. 

423 Morris Street in Durham NC.

Volunteers will be on hand to direct you to your parking spaces. 

Spaces are filled first come, first served.


How to Enjoy the Drive In and Other Answers to FAQs:

1. Tune your dial to 88.3 FM upon parking.

2. Masks and social distancing required when outside or when going to the bathrooms.

3. We do not have access to trash or recycling bins on site. Please BYOB and help us keep the space free of trash.

4. You are encouraged to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages.

5. Arrive on time at our outdoor theater and pull in to the lot using the back entrance (look for parking attendant).

6. Park in the marked spaces. First come, first served.

7. Turn your lights OFF upon entering the parking lot.

8. We will reschedule in case of rain.

9. Enjoy!



Tuesday, August 25th



In the 1930s, a black postal carrier from Harlem named Victor Green published a book that was part travel guide and part survival guide. It was called The Negro Motorist Green Book, and it helped African-Americans navigate safe passage across America well into the 1960s. Explore some of the segregated nation’s safe havens and notorious “sundown towns” and witness stories of struggle and indignity as well as opportunity and triumph.

By the turn of the 20th century, the motor age was dawning all across the United States. African-Americans embraced the automobile and the promise of the open road, but they faced a world of danger driving to unfamiliar locales. This is the story of The Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide to navigate the sometimes treacherous highways of a segregated nation. See how it became a roadmap to some of the most significant people, successful businesses, and important milestones of the Civil Rights Movement.



December 20, 2019


Hayti Heritage Center | 804 Old Fayetteville St | Durham, NC 27701


TapCock’s #DrinkBetter is the perfect pop-up for a Friday night. TapCork is going to enhance the fun with great craft and local beverages. Beer from brands like Ponysauraus, Harlem’s Brew and Spaceway and wine from Den of Thieves, Amour Geneve & Shoegaze. The night ends with a dynamic performance of music and poetry. Booze is great for gift giving and that big holiday, kwanzaa, new year’s party. Come get some Black & Local owned booze!

Curated by Dasan Ahanu & Tai Allen

TapCork Durham is a block party with great sips of beer and wine. You know the crafty type, the black-owned type, the brewed in Caribbean type and the MADE in NC type. Sponsored by The Hayti Heritage Center, TapCork Durham supports programming like the Jambalaya Soul Slam and Jambalaya Soul Academy.

info: tapcorkfest@gmail.com | https://tapcorkfest.com/


This first day of Kwanzaa is an all-day family event celebrating African descended people, culture, history, and contributions. There will be: market place shopping, candle lighting ceremony, workshops, food, live performances and more.

Kwanzaa is a 7-day celebration of family, community, and culture observed from December 26 through January 1. Our Annual Hayti Kwanzaa kicks off the week-long Kwanzaa festivities in the Triangle on Dec. 26th. Co-sponsors – Shabutaso Inc. and Hayti Heritage Center – bring the community together under Kwanzaa’s first day and principle – Umoja – Ki-Swahili for Unity. The day-long event features vendors, film, chess, music and dance workshops for the community.

WHO: Children, Adults, Seniors

WHAT: Hayti Kwanzaa– family-friendly African-American cultural celebration

WHEN: Monday December 26th, 2016 1pm – 9:30pm

WHERE: Hayti Heritage Center 804 Old Fayetteville St. Durham, NC 27701

HOW MUCH: Free & Open to The Public. Suggested donation $5; No one will be turned away.

Shabutaso Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) connecting and reconnecting to traditional African culture and values. The St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation is committed to the Hayti Heritage Center, the former St. Joseph’s AME Church, a National Historic Landmark, as a cultural and economic anchor to the greater Durham community. St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit, charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.



6PM – RSVP HERE (suggested donation $5)


Santas Just Like Me was created with a desire to be all inclusive during Christmas. Too often, options have been limited to what the malls had to offer. Just as it was important to see representation in the White House, there also needed to be representation at Christmastime. Santas Just Like Me, affectionately known as “The Black Santa Experience” provides families with the opportunity to visit with a Santa of color during the Christmas season. So come to the Hayti Cultural Arts Center and “Add a Little Color” to your Christmas.



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