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Justice Michele Woodard, from Westbury, in her courtroom
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Justice Michele Woodard, from Westbury, in her courtroom in Mineola. Woodward said her hero is Judge Jane Matilda Bolin, the first black female judge of New York State who held the position in the Domestic Court of New York. (Jan. 27, 2012)(Credit: Anthony Barboza)

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Heroes of their choosing

Over the decades, Carter G. Woodson’s Black History Week has grown, shifted and morphed into Black History Month. The commemorative and instructional observance remains an essential aspect of American culture for many. Carving out time to salute black history is important to 10 Long Islanders we spoke to, who include a barber, fifth-grader, imam and physician.