Until Lions Have Their Own Historians,
Tales of the Hunt
Shall Always Glorify the Hunter.

~Nigerian Proverb

Welcome to the
Roots of Knowledge Empowerment Institute.

Our goal is to Connect the Diaspora.

We do this by Immersing Students in Pan-African Curriculum for the Promotion of Healthy Ethnic Identities.

Our rich history is not something that is always highlighted in schools.

What do we do?

Address gaps in education for black children.

Develop healthy Pan-African identities in students and general wellness through immersion events.

Fun Activities alongside Academics

Exposing children to lifetime activities and sports which they are often barred from due to access.



A Brazilian martial art developed by slaves and former slaves bought from Africa, that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music, and is usually referred to as a game. It was developed in Brazil mainly by West Africans, beginning in the 16th century. It is known for quick and complex moves, using mainly power, speed, and leverage for a wide variety of kicks, spins, and highly mobile techniques.



Even the USTA sees room for growth, "...we want the game of tennis and the tennis courts across this country to reflect the unique diversity that makes America great. Not only are we striving for diversity in ethnicity, but also in age, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and all other reflections that contribute to the richness of our local communities and this nation.



USA Swimming found in a recent study they commissioned at the University of Memphis that nearly 70% of African American children and nearly 60% of Hispanic children have low or no swimming ability, compared to 40% of Caucasians, putting them at risk for drowning. ROKEI is dedicated to doing its part to help reverse this trend and expose children to this lifetime sport.

Experience, Know, and Celebrate
the Achievements of the African Diaspora.

Board Testimonies...