Seventy-five first graders at Hillside Elementary in West Des Moines experienced the school’s fourth annual Africa Day last month. The students were broken into three groups and participated in presentations by three CultureALL Ambassadors.
Anthony Stevens introduces himself as Tony from L.A. before re-entering in character and in costume to teach students about the history of drumming in West Africa. He goes into greater depth with the traditional celebrations, music, and dance of Senegal as well as its connection to modern African-American culture.
Josie Shaw, a Kenyan native and member of the Luhya tribe, guided students through the Kenyan customary celebration of the first born child. She sings MWANA WA MBERI (Swahili for “first born child”) and leads the students in dance. A student chosen from the group is dressed in Kenyan garments and becomes the center of the celebration.
Francis Chan gives a lesson on growing up in an African family – particularly on the expansive structure of families. He also discusses clothing, food utensils, and other aspects of daily life in a South Sudanese household.
Want to Host An Africa Day?
You can learn more about these workshops – and many other workshops on African culture – in the Workshop pages of our website. Click here to browse our workshops on Africa. Most CultureALL workshops can be adapted for different audiences from pre-school to adults. Contact us and we’ll work with you to design an Africa Day for your school or community group!