First day of Kwanzaa celebration

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Dr. Adeleri Onisegun reads her poem "Hope Juxtaposed" at a celebration of the first day of Kwanzaa that was held at Williams Memorial AME Church on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A celebration of the first day of Kwanzaa was held at Williams Memorial AME Church on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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At his vendor table, Obajalaiye Ifaghbemro (right) shows table placemats, imported from Rwanda, to people at the event celebrating the first day of Kwanzaa on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at Williams Memorial AME Church. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Food is brought to the table at a celebration of the first day of Kwanzaa that was held at Williams Memorial AME Church on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A banner with the 7 principles of Kwanzaa is hung at a celebration of the first day of Kwanzaa that was held at Williams Memorial AME Church on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. Umoja, meaning unity, is the first principle of Kwanzaa. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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At her vendor table, Deloris Beck (left) of Augusta talks to Shirley Darby (second from left) about her handmade items at the event celebrating the first day of Kwanzaa on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at Williams Memorial AME Church. Beck said she had been sewing since she was 13 years old and decided to start selling her creations in the last year. "I'm putting my foot in the water to see how deep it is," Beck said. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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The Rev. Dr. Paul W. Gardner, Sr., speaks at a celebration of the first day of Kwanzaa that was held at Williams Memorial AME Church on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Obajalaiye Ifaghbemro speaks at a celebration of the first day of Kwanzaa that was held at Williams Memorial AME Church on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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Leatrice Gardner, wife of the Rev. Dr. Paul W. Gardner, Sr., speaks at a celebration of the first day of Kwanzaa that was held at Williams Memorial AME Church on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A celebration of the first day of Kwanzaa was held at Williams Memorial AME Church on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A celebration of the first day of Kwanzaa was held at Williams Memorial AME Church on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A celebration of the first day of Kwanzaa was held at Williams Memorial AME Church on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A celebration of the first day of Kwanzaa was held at Williams Memorial AME Church on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A celebration of the first day of Kwanzaa was held at Williams Memorial AME Church on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A celebration of the first day of Kwanzaa was held at Williams Memorial AME Church on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A celebration of the first day of Kwanzaa was held at Williams Memorial AME Church on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A celebration of the first day of Kwanzaa was held at Williams Memorial AME Church on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A celebration of the first day of Kwanzaa was held at Williams Memorial AME Church on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF
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A celebration of the first day of Kwanzaa was held at Williams Memorial AME Church on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVANSTAFF

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A celebration of the first day of Kwanzaa was held at Williams Memorial AME Church on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF

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