Aminata Umoja of Lithonia, Ga., poses in March for a portrait with a puppet named Swahili in a classroom at the Kilombo Academic and Cultural Institute in Decatur, Ga. Ms. Umoja is an educator and the founder of the Kilombo Academic and Cultural Institute.
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