HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The Long Island village of Hempstead kicked off the week-long Kwanzaa holiday Thursday with a community celebration.
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Thursday’s celebration included dance and musical performances from local school children.
People also dressed in traditional robes to celebrate their African heritage and African-American culture.READ MORE: Jersey City Police Investigating Fatal Shooting At Shopping Center
“With Kwanzaa we know that it’s taken from Swahili which we celebrate the first fruit, the harvest, and so we’re excited today that we have a village, residents that are full of love festivity,” said Hempstead Village Trustee Waylyn Hobbs, Jr.
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Hempstead has the largest African-American population on Long Island.