Durham Magazine Dec/Jan 2021

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Funmi, Teli, DeLacey and Aya are a “very musical” family. While they won’t be attending any Kwanzaa celebrations at the Hayti Heritage Center, where this photo was taken, this year, Aya says there will be plenty of drumming and dancing at home.

after Christmas, has a pacemaker. “[These are] things you would have never thought about. “But there is hope,” Catherine says. “We’ve modified. In our house of worship, in our Greek American house. We, the ‘Greek School Dance Moms,’ modified Halloween. We’ve modified Thanksgiving. We’ve got a plan once a month. We’ve got a plan for Christmas. And you know, where there’s a will, there’s a way, when you try to take a positive from this situation.”


‘DRUMMING AND DANCING MORE AT HOME’ id-December hits, and it’s time for Aya Shabu, Teli Shabu and their kids, DeLacey Hope, 15, and Funmi Shabu, 10, to prepare for Kwanzaa. They dress their kitchen table with African fabric and a bendera ya taifa (flag). “For us, it is a symbol of Black pride and a commitment to Black people,” Aya says. “It goes on the table first under everything. [The color] black is for the people, red for the struggle and blood shed in that struggle; green is for the struggle’s december/january 2021