The Carter G. Woodson Institute, U.Va.

The Carter G. Woodson Institute

for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia

Africa Day Event for High School Students

Friday, March 24, 2017
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 9:00 AM

High School students from around Charlottesville area are invited to participate in different interactive and engaging sessions on languages, cultures, history, music, potiltics and contemporary issues in Africa.


On Friday, March 24th 2017, The Carter G. Woodson Institute held Africa Day on UVA grounds, coordinated by Professor Anne Rotich. Its objective was to increase awareness and knowledge of Africa and its cultures. High school students were treated to different presentations that focused on African cultures, languages, historical, social and political knowledge of Africa. An estimated 200 students and their teachers attended A Day in Africa including students from Albemarle High School, Charlottesville High School, Monticello High School and Western Albemarle High School. 

There were a total of sixteen 30-min sessions by faculty, Swahili students, and graduate students. The program  began with a welcome address by Professor Deborah McDowell and culminated in a final African Dance performance by Professor Michelle Kisliuk and her students and an African themed lunch. About 30 volunteers provided invaluable assistance in different ways from the planning preparations and assisting during the day of the event.