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Martina Guest of Rockville Center attends Councilwoman Dorothy (Credit: Michael E. Ach)

Martina Guest of Rockville Center attends Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby's 10th annual Kwanzaa Celebration, held at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion in Hempstead. (Dec. 16, 2011)

What They're Wearing: Kwanza Celebration

Kwanzaa, a weeklong celebration honoring pan African and African-American history and culture, is observed Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 every year. It features activities such as lighting a candle holder with seven candles and culminates in a feast and gift-giving. Kwanzaa was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966.

Martina Guest of Rockville Center attends Councilwoman Dorothy
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

Martina Guest of Rockville Center attends Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby's 10th annual Kwanzaa Celebration, held at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion in Hempstead. (Dec. 16, 2011)

Lillian Coggins-Watson of Roosevelt attends Councilwoman Dorothy L.
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

Lillian Coggins-Watson of Roosevelt attends Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby's 10th annual Kwanzaa Celebration, held at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion in Hempstead. (Dec. 16, 2011)

Lillian Coggins-Watson of Roosevelt attends Councilwoman Dorothy L.
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

Lillian Coggins-Watson of Roosevelt attends Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby's 10th annual Kwanzaa Celebration, held at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion in Hempstead. (Dec. 16, 2011)

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Bishop Robert W. Harris of Uniondale attends Councilwoman
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

Bishop Robert W. Harris of Uniondale attends Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby's 10th annual Kwanzaa Celebration, held at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion in Hempstead. (Dec. 16, 2011)

E. Raasan
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

E. Raasan "Chief Shaka Shotopo" Hoskins of Hempstead gives an ancestor recognition and re-dedication libation during Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby's 10th annual Kwanzaa Celebration, held at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion in Hempstead. (Dec. 16, 2011)

Calvin Booker of Freeport performs a dance during
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

Calvin Booker of Freeport performs a dance during Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby's 10th annual Kwanzaa Celebration, held at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion in Hempstead. (Dec. 16, 2011)

Tatyana Dejean of Hempstead attends Councilwoman Dorothy L.
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

Tatyana Dejean of Hempstead attends Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby's 10th annual Kwanzaa Celebration, held at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion in Hempstead. (Dec. 16, 2011)

Daniel Clayton of Uniondale volunteers during Councilwoman Dorothy
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

Daniel Clayton of Uniondale volunteers during Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby's 10th annual Kwanzaa Celebration, held at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion in Hempstead. (Dec. 16, 2011)

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Christie Obe of Hempstead attends Councilwoman Dorothy L.
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

Christie Obe of Hempstead attends Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby's 10th annual Kwanzaa Celebration, held at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion in Hempstead. (Dec. 16, 2011)

Claudia Swansey of Freeport attends Councilwoman Dorothy L.
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

Claudia Swansey of Freeport attends Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby's 10th annual Kwanzaa Celebration, held at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion in Hempstead. (Dec. 16, 2011)

Ann France of Freeport attends Councilwoman Dorothy L.
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

Ann France of Freeport attends Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby's 10th annual Kwanzaa Celebration, held at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion in Hempstead. She's wearing a dress she bought in Ghana. (Dec. 16, 2011)

Wearing a dress from Ghana, Jerrie Smith of
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

Wearing a dress from Ghana, Jerrie Smith of Roosevelt attends Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby's 10th annual Kwanzaa Celebration, held at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion in Hempstead. (Dec. 16, 2011)

Terrence Harris of Freeport attends Councilwoman Dorothy L.
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

Terrence Harris of Freeport attends Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby's 10th annual Kwanzaa Celebration, held at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion in Hempstead. (Dec. 16, 2011)

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Phaedra McDowell of Hempstead attends Councilwoman Dorothy L.
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

Phaedra McDowell of Hempstead attends Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby's 10th annual Kwanzaa Celebration, held at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion in Hempstead. (Dec. 16, 2011)

Honoree Tina Hodge-Bowles of Hempstead arrives at Councilwoman
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

Honoree Tina Hodge-Bowles of Hempstead arrives at Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby's 10th annual Kwanzaa Celebration, held at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion in Hempstead. (Dec. 16, 2011)

Bea Whitmore of Hempstead attends Councilwoman Dorothy L.
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

Bea Whitmore of Hempstead attends Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby's 10th annual Kwanzaa Celebration, held at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion in Hempstead. (Dec. 16, 2011)

Carolyn Harding of Freeport attends Councilwoman Dorothy L.
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

Carolyn Harding of Freeport attends Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby's 10th annual Kwanzaa Celebration, held at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion in Hempstead. (Dec. 16, 2011)

Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby of Hempstead at her
(Credit: Michael E. Ach)

Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby of Hempstead at her 10th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration, held at the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion in Hempstead. (Dec. 16, 2011)

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