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

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

The 6 th Annual
[email protected] 2023
A wimmin's herstory month celebration
at the Hayti Heritage Center
Join us for an afternoon of

thought provoking and spirit moving performance
Dance, Poetry, Music, Theater and More!
Beautiful wimmin-made items for sale in the
lobby market place at 2pm -show begins at 3pm


Calabasa Calabasa: Dancing and Making the Music of Life, Dorothy Clark, Sandra Dubose, Empower Dance, Lexy
Lockhart, Mabinti/Kemi Healing, Jasmine Powell, Linda Faye Riggins, and Nicole “Pinky” Thomas with Emcee/Poet
Kimberly Gaubault
at the Hayti Heritage Center
807 Old Fayetteville St
Durham, NC 27701
$10. Free for children under 12

[email protected] 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 [email protected]!
Co-produced by Hayti Heritage Center and SOULOWORKS/Andrea E. Woods


Speed Coaching Fair – Level up your career skills with OneTen

Where are you meant to be?

  • Paycheck to paycheck or paid vacation?
  • Working two jobs or building a career?

Are you a Black jobseeker without a four-year degree? OneTen is here to help you prepare for the job you deserve, and help you get to where you’re meant to be.

  • Resume and interview tips, social media profile building, learning in-demand skills, and more!
  • Learn about careers in hot fields like health sciences, tech and financial services
  • Get 1:1 advice from career experts
  • Food, entertainment and giveaways

OneTen helps Black job seekers without four-year degrees build in-demand skills and get well-paying, family-sustaining jobs.


In 2021 St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation received an award from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation to support the longevity of African American historic sites.

With support from the AACHAF, work began at the Hayti Heritage Center in July to restore the stained-glass windows, some of which had begun to buckle; to repair casings around the windows; and to replace the outer protective panels on the windows.  We are thankful for the commitment made by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and for their support of the Hayti Heritage Center, a national historic treasure. We also thank Salem Glass for their work. Other restoration projects are planned to begin this year.  


So, how do you pronounce H-A-Y-T-I ? What are the Hayti Neighborhood’s connections to the island of Haiti? …to Black Wall St.? …to the city of Durham at large? These questions are answered while many more are raised in this 75-minute tour of Fayetteville St., the commercial center of Durham’s largest African American residential neighborhood. Stops include the neighborhood’s founding institutions: St. Joseph’s AME church, The Carolina Times, Stanford L. Warren Library and more! Stories include: Women of Hayti, Power of Black Churches and Urban Renewal. The tour begins and ends at the Hayti Heritage Center.

****By attending this tour, all participants assume full responsibility for the safety and well-being of themselves and minors accompanying them on the tour regardless of the weather conditions, and agree to hold harmless Whistle Stop Tours, its tour operators, St. Joseph’s Foundation Inc. Hayti Heritage Center, and its staff/personnel from any liability causing personal injury to any of the participants during this tour.




To minimize exposure to COVID-19 for patrons, artists, staff, and volunteers, the Hayti Heritage Center will be requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 48-hours of our indoor programming. Wearing face masks covering the nose and mouth as well as social distancing are required. The Hayti Heritage Center undergoes increased cleaning procedures before and after all performances, events, and activities.

We appreciate your patience as we navigate the current challenges posed by the surge in COVID19 cases, and particularly the Delta variant. Although our staff and board of directors look forward to reopening the Center for events and programs, our first priority remains the health and safety of staff, patrons, vendors, and the general public. 
Therefore, at this time, we will not accept rental applications for programs and events at Hayti. Unfortunately, current health and safety concerns outweigh our previous plans to reopen right after Labor Day.

We will continue to monitor updates and keep you informed of our plans moving forward. Our goal is to reopen as soon as possible, but safely!

Thank you.



The Hayti Heritage Center is looking to fill two positions. Please find the job descriptions attached.


Thank you to all those who have applied but the Programming Assistant Position has been filled.


Director of Development


What: Inside Studio Real: A Choreopoetic Sitcom
Created by Dasan Ahanu

This is the made up story, of creatives, hired to be cast members on a popular radio program, work together, and not complain about their paychecks. Find out what happens when people who don’t know we are watching start getting real. Inside Studio Real is a wild ride full of music, dance, song, and poetry all delivered in dramatic episodic absurdity. Actors are beloved for how they play their role, but wait until you see how much of a character they are when they are being themselves. Come see this cast bring the scripts they are presented with to life on the radio while filling the studio with their lives (and all that comes with it) during the process. Don’t be scared if you see a bit of yourself on stage, it’s all part of the show.

When: Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

Two Shows:
Doors 3pm | 4pm Show
Doors 6:30pm | 7:30pm Show

Where: Hayti Heritage Center

Cost: $15 in advance for tickets | $20 day of show

Tickets can be purchased online at www.blackpoetrytheatre.com or in cash at the Hayti Heritage Center box office

For more info contact: blackpoetrytheatre@gmail.com or 980-552-0107

This performance is made possible by the St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation/Hayti Heritage Center


Jambalaya Soul Slam on Saturday 1/19/19 at 8pm. It will be at the Hayti Heritage Center/St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation, Inc. in Durham. Our feature is Tongo Eisen-Martin, an amazing writer, award winning poet, and dope person. You don’t want to miss this. Check out some of his work at the link below…



Click here to purchase tickets for the festival


A Conversation With the Devil
Satire/Comedy/Horror (US), Dir. Jonathan I. Jackson. 7 mins.
In his first televised interview, Satan tries to set the record straight on his life and his view of death, clocks, the bible, Jesus, and humanity.


A Craftsman
Drama (US), Dir. Sanford Jenkins. 14 mins.
Overcome with grief, Herman, a skilled woodworker, builds a coffin that will be his final resting place. Until a neighbor visits.


Bakosó: AfroBeats in Cuba
Documentary (US), Dir. Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi. 52 mins.
What do “Está Rico” by Marc Anthony, Will Smith & Bad Bunny have in common with “Made For Now” by Janet Jackson x Daddy Yankee? They both use AfroBeats without crediting the genre’s origin. Bakosó is a film that does the opposite by following DJ Jigüe to his hometown of Santiago de Cuba to get inspiration from the new sounds.


Battledream Chronicles: A New Beginning
Sci-fi animation (FR), Dir. Alain Bidard. 24 mins.
Syanna, a young, Black girl from the Caribbean, wakes up as an amnesic in an Afrofuturistic world where she has been enslaved by the global colonial empire of Mortemonde. Every day, she is forced to play a dangerous video game in which players die.


60th Anniversary screening of Black Orpheus
Drama (FR), Dir. Marcel Camus. 1 hr., 40 mins.
A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Academy Award winner in 1960 for Best Foreign Language Film.


Blood Runs Down
Drama (US), Dir. Zandashe Brown. 18 mins.
When a woman undergoes a frightening transition, her vigilant five-year old daughter must decide between saving her or protecting herself in this haunting tale of inheritance, daughterhood, and demons.


30th Anniversary Screening of Do the Right Thing
Drama (US), Dir. Spike Lee. 2 hrs., 5 mins.
Spike Lee’s tour de force from 1989. On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.


Drama (US), Dir. A.V.Rockwell. 19 mins.
Elizier, an emotionally-dejected new enrollee at The Edward R. Mill School for Lost Boys, must overcome memories of a tragic past and the present hazing by his peers in order to tackle larger issues dominating his young life.


Fed Up
Thriller/Comedy (US), Dir. Keema Mingo. 9 mins.
Three little girls seek revenge on the criminals who destroy their toys as they try to escape a bounty hunter.


Good Luck America
Narrative short/Music Video (US), Dir. Kamara Thomas. 7 mins.
Released on Election Day, ‘Good Luck America’ is an unexpectedly moving song that looks for transcendence in the discarded refuse of the American Dream.


Hair Wolf
Comedy (US), Dir. Mariama Diallo. 12 mins.
The staff of a black hair salon fend off a strange new monster: white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture.


I’m Sorry
Drama (US), Dir. Marcellus Cox. 15 mins.
A drama about a man who spends his last free day before heading to prison apologizing to everyone near and dear to him for betraying their trust.


Drama (US), Dir. Amber Delgado. 10 mins.
Fed up with living in the shadows, Joanna finds the confidence to be her true self in a small rural town in North Carolina.


Drama (US), Dir. Nijla Mumin. 2 hrs.
Summer is a 17-year old carefree black girl, whose world is turned upside down when her mother, a popular meteorologist named Jade Jennings, abruptly converts to Islam and becomes a different person, prompting Summer to reevaluate her identity.


Drama (US), Dir. Aurora Ferlin. 16 mins.
When the teenage son of Denise Matthews is murdered, she struggles not to surrender to her grief. Despite her husbands’ concerns, Denise is determined to confront the accused killer in court.


Mr. Soul!
Documentary (US), Dir. Melissa Haizlip. 1 hr. 55 mins.
Before Oprah, before Arsenio, there was Mr. SOUL. On the heels of the Civil Rights Movement, one fearless black pioneer reconceived a Harlem Renaissance for a new era, ushering giants and rising stars of black American culture onto the national television stage.


Drama/Comedy (US), Dir. Xavier Neal-Burgin. 7 mins.
In the wake of tragedy and racial tension in Charlottesville, one black woman must find a way to navigate her life as the rest of the world seems unaffected.


Professional Black Girl, Season 2
TV/Online series, Dir. Yaba Blay.
Professional Black Girl, Season 2 is a transmedia project created to celebrate everyday Black Girl Magic, because yes, round-the-way girls got magic too!


Sci-fi drama (US), Dir. Christopher Ortega. 19 mins.
A technician conducting empathy tests on androids stumbles across a life-changing secret when an unruly subject complicates her work.


Drama (UK), Dir. Jo Burrows. 7 mins.
With adolescence and womanhood fast approaching, Ella’s journey begins in the comfort of her own home. Though the accompaniment of music we are given a glimpse into Ella’s life on one summer’s day.


Drama (US), Dir. Shawn Antoine II. 15 mins.
Darius and Hakeem dance on New York City trains to earn honest money and escape the crime-riddled streets of Harlem. A woman sees Darius dancing on the train and offers him an opportunity to audition for a Juilliard travel dance team.


Drama (US), Dir. Janeen Talbott. 15 mins.
Naji, a nonbeliever from a parallel earth, must make the ultimate sacrifice to save her tribe when supernatural forces bring a dark truth to light.


Drama (US), Dir. Tchaiko Omawale. 1 hr., 30 mins.
A 17year-old orphan is shipped off to her estranged grandmother and she plots her escape while navigating a foreign environment, new friendships and a hidden eating disorder.


The Hook (Saltbox)
TV/Online series. Shirlette Ammons & Saleem Reshamwala


The Land of Fish and Grits
TV/Online series. Justin Robinson


The Reservoir, Episode 2: Soul Survivor, Dir. Lana Garland. 10 mins.
Documentary (US), Dir. Lana Garland. 10 mins.
Pierce McKoy pursued a career as an R&B singer, only to have to fall back on the income he generated as a shoe-shine man.


The Revolution of the Fairytale
Documentary (UK), Dir. Fiona Compton. 50 mins.
The Revolution of the Fairytale is a creative Caribbean collective, coming together to rewrite fairy​tales from popular culture, incorporating unknown heroes from the Caribbean.


Drama (US), Dir. Aimiende Negbenebor Sela. 15 mins.
Utopia is a surreal drama about an aspirational, blond young lady who wakes up from a coma in Uganda. And, no — nothing is as it seems.


Drama (NO), Dir. Sveinung Gjessing. 7 mins.
Veer is a poetic dance short film about ruling and being ruled.


Where the Water Runs
Sci-fi drama (US), Dir. Dubois Ashong. 25 mins.
Set during the worst drought in U.S history, Nasir Jones enjoys a career as a water transporter for the local government water facility that blatantly protects the financial interests of the wealthy and resourceful. Nasir soon finds himself torn and awakened to the moral contradictions of his community and personal life.


Which Durham
Documentary (US), Dir. Paul Newman. 6 mins.
A brief glance into the history of East Durham and the role it plays in the developing city of Durham today.


While I Breathe, I Hope
Documentary (US), Dir. Emily Harrold. 1 hr., 10 mins.
What does it mean to be young, Black, and a Democrat in the American South? While I Breathe, I Hope follows South Carolina politician Bakari Sellers as he runs to become the first African American candidate elected statewide in over a century.


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