We must reflect if we are to grow and heal our families, our communities, and our nation.

The cure is the hard work towards healing. There is no cure except the work.

How did we get here? There is more division in America than has been in decades.

The concept of “Sankofa” is derived from King Adinkera of the Akan people of West Africa. “Sankofa” is expressed in the Akan language as “se wo were fi na wosan kofa a yenki.” Literally translated, this means “it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot”.
“Sankofa” teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward. That is, we should reach back and gather the best of what our past has to teach us, so that we can achieve our full potential as we move forward.

University of Illinois Springfield, African American Studies

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