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Julius Pearse, president of the African-Atlantic Genealogical Society, (Credit: Brittany Wait)

Julius Pearse, president of the African-Atlantic Genealogical Society, listens to the African American Anthem, also known as "Lift Every Voice and Sing," being sung during a Kwanzaa celebration at the African American Museum in Hempstead. (Dec. 29, 2012)

Kwanzaa celebration in Hempstead

The African-Atlantic Genealogy Society and the African American Museum in Hempstead hosted a Kwanzaa celebration at the museum. (Dec. 29, 2012)

From left, Tabari Zaid Bomani, 47, of Baldwin,
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

From left, Tabari Zaid Bomani, 47, of Baldwin, Madeleine Miller, 20, of Hempstead, and Electra Nicholson, 34, of Hempstead, listen to the spiritual words of a speaker during a Kwanzaa celebration at the African American Museum in Hempstead. (Dec. 29, 2012)

Electra Nicholson, 34, of Hempstead, recites a poem
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Electra Nicholson, 34, of Hempstead, recites a poem she wrote about the meaning of Kwanzaa during a celebration of the holiday at the African American Museum in Hempstead. (Dec. 29, 2012)

Madeleine Miller, 20, of Hempstead, sings
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Madeleine Miller, 20, of Hempstead, sings "Lift Every Voice and Sing," also known as the African American Anthem, during a Kwanzaa celebration at the African American Museum in Hempstead. (Dec. 29, 2012)

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Julius Pearse, president of the African-Atlantic Genealogical Society,
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Julius Pearse, president of the African-Atlantic Genealogical Society, listens to the African American Anthem, also known as "Lift Every Voice and Sing," being sung during a Kwanzaa celebration at the African American Museum in Hempstead. (Dec. 29, 2012)

Corn, symbolic of African children and the future,
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Corn, symbolic of African children and the future, was on display during a Kwanzaa celebration at the African American Museum in Hempstead. (Dec. 29, 2012)

Willie Houston, 64, of Pensacola, Fla., spoke about
(Credit: Brittany Wait)

Willie Houston, 64, of Pensacola, Fla., spoke about unity and culture during a Kwanzaa celebration at the African American Museum in Hempstead. (Dec. 29, 2012)

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