Until Dec 18



Video· Books · Cafe

A sanctuary for Pan-African culture

since '98.


“We revolt simply because,

for many reasons,

we can no longer breathe

– Frantz Fanon

 Featured Books


I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver"


- Maya Angelou

Upcoming Events

Thu, Dec 10
Zoom & Facebook Live (@SankofaDC)
Join us for a special presentation of Taught by Women
| Postponed to DEC 10th | Join us for a special presentation of Taught by Women with world renown author, poet and publisher, Haki Madhubuti.

New Arrivals

Since '98

Founded by Shirikiana and Haile Gerima and named after the internationally acclaimed film SANKOFA they produced. It's symbol, the Sankofa Bird, looks backward constantly checking as she moves into the future.


Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe is liberated territory that hopes to be a place where thoughtful consideration of the past and future can take place via books, films, and programming particularly generated by and about people of African Descent.

Films by The Founders


Help us meet our goal to donate 1000 books and Black independent movies (DVD's) to families.  

Never Miss An Event!

Our operating hours have temporarily changed due to covid 19 

The Bookstore is open 10am - 6pm everyday.

Sankofa Cafe is now open  7am - 6pm .

(202) 234-4755 Store | (202) 588-7061 Cafe

2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA

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Design and Photography of Sankofa by melkETsadek