Read Africa Teaching Artists

 Read Africa Teaching Artists
Expand Perspectives on Africa!

To expand perspectives on Africa, Africa Access and the Center for African Studies at Howard University are bringing Read Africa Teaching Artists to classes in the Washington metropolitan area.  Each Read Africa program features a Read Africa book and a local Teaching Artist. Complete the form below to request an artist for your classroom.

Bomani Armah is “…not a rapper, but a poet with a hip-hop style”. For well over 15 years Bomani has been using hip-hop, poetry and multi-media disciplines to teach fun and informative workshops with all ages from kindergarteners to graduate students. His art integration techniques have evolved into the BARS curriculum and Baba Got BARS ep series featuring educational music, books and graphic organizers. Find more information at

Karen O. Brown is a professional artist with extensive experience as an arts educator. She draws students into learning curriculum as they discover the joys of artistic expression.  She conducts 30 to 40 workshops and residencies a year in DC, MD and VA for organizations such as The Kennedy Center, Class Acts Arts, WPAS, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art and Natural History Museum.

Lesina Martin has been a Teaching Artist with Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts since 2007. She brings professional development residencies into Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms.  Her professional experience began at age eleven with the tutelage of world renowned masters of West African music and dance. She is a dancer, choreographer, and lead vocalist with Farafina Kan, an African percussion and dance ensemble.  Lesina holds a B.A. in African Studies from Howard University, where she co-founded Nsaa Dance Ensemble, the first African diasporic performing arts organization on campus.  Currently Lesina is co-director of Farafina Kan Junior Company and teaching African dance throughout the Washington, DC metro area


Kalimah McKeaver is the founder of Dinkra Styyle. The idea and inception of Dinkra Styyle arose when 13 year-old Kalimah couldn’t find engaging resources to complete a school project on the Ancient Empires of Ghana.  She wanted to ensure others would have access to the rich and inspirational history she was uncovering, but in a more fun, colorful, and engaging manner.


Anike Robinson, the founder of Books to Brushes is a 16 year veteran teacher. She holds an M.A. in Education from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in History from Spelman College.  Books to Brushes introduces young people to participatory reading activities, followed by instructor-led painting sessions.





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