As members of the crowd at the African American Cultural Society shouted out names of their ancestors, Brenda Andrews poured out water from a pitcher into a bowl, honoring each name. In unison, the audience responded by saying "namaste" and "asante." Andrews called the libation a salute to divinity.
"The DNA is not just the color of our skin, the texture of our hair, the color of our eyes," Andrews said. "The DNA that's in us — that's defined in us — from one generation to the other is the DNA of not overcomers but of people who are victorious in everything that we do. I want you to think about your grandparents, your great-great-grandparents — all the people that we are standing on their shoulders today. How they had to suffer, but yet they succeeded — because we are here. Well, that's what libations are all about."