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Martina Guest of Rockville Center attends Councilwoman Dorothy

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) Photo Credit: Michael E. Ach

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
Photo 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.
Photo 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.
Photo 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)

Bishop Robert W. Harris of Uniondale attends Councilwoman
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo 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.
Photo 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
Photo 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)

Christie Obe of Hempstead attends Councilwoman Dorothy L.
Photo 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.
Photo 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.
Photo 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
Photo 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.
Photo 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)

Phaedra McDowell of Hempstead attends Councilwoman Dorothy L.
Photo 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
Photo 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.
Photo 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.
Photo 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
Photo 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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