Black History and

Multi-Culture Month

Contributed by KIS teacher Dr. Marcia Howard

February is Black History Month and here at KIS we join in the celebration of recognizing the accomplishments of African Americans and their contributions to their society, the nation, and the world! For the past eight years under the leadership of Dr. Howard, KIS recognizes the talents, gifts, and skills of all people of color which includes Africans, African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Middle Eastern, and Polynesians and those of blended heritage of what they have contributed to make this world a better place for all to live.


National Geographic Map of Human Migration

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

African American History Month

Learn About African Americans Who Shook Up The World

Black History Timeline

African American History - National Archives

Library of Congress Digital Collections

African American History - Britannica

Slavery in America- History Channel

National Women’s History Alliance: Writing Women in Back into History

Biographies of Famous African Americans from A-Z

Honolulu Advertiser Article

School Brings Africa to Kalihi

Daily Vignettes and Videos


Works Cited

Sewa Fare West African Dance and Drum

Sewa Fare' (pronounced- Say-wa Fa-day) is Oahu’s only West African Dance and Drum Group. Sewa Fare' means “Joyful Celebration” in the Sousou (pronounced-Su-su) language of Guinea West Africa. The group is led by Master Drummers Moussa Bangoura and Sekou Camara along with student drummers with varied level and years study. The teacher/choreographer dancer is Tai Hawkins (Former honors student at KIS), followed by Felicia Rishty, and Marcia Howard, PhD. They have been dancing with the group since its inception for over 18 years.

Sewa Fare' has performed at many venues across Hawaii including Mardi Gras Celebrations, Hispanic Heritage Festivals, Martin Luther King Day Parade Celebrations, Foster Garden’s Midsummer Night’s Gleam, The Hawaii Theatre, ProBowl, and for Bishop Desmond Tutu. They have also performed at many schools across the state including University of Hawaii at Manoa, Punahou School, Nanakuli High and Intermediate School, Kalihi Elementary School, I'olani School, Kamehameha Schools at Kapalama Campus, and Kailua Intermediate School. This multi-ethnic group is known for their dynamic dancing, energizing and vibrant rhythms and infectious music that transcends all cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds!

For more information visit Fare or contact the group’s coordinator Dr. Howard at