(202) 234-4755 Store | (202) 332-1084 Cafe

2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA

©2019 Sankofa Video Books & Cafe

Design and Photography of Sankofa by melkETsadek


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.



FRIDAY, jANUARY 24 @ 8:00 



Négritude: A Dialogue Between Wole Soyinka and Senghor  

Director: Manthia Diawara

This imagined dialogue between Léopold Sédar Senghor, one of the founding fathers of Négritude, and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka was reconstructed almost entirely from archival materials. It probes the relevance of the concept of Négritude against the views of its many critics, not only to the decolonization and independence movements of the 1950's and 1960's but also to an understanding of the contemporary artistic and political scenes of nationalism, religious intolerance, multiculturalism, the exodus of Africans and other populations from the South, and xenophobic immigration policies in the West."


The Sankofa Reel Cinema Film Series hosts monthly $5 screenings of special films with significance to the global pan African movement.


SATURDAY, jANUARY 25 @ 3:00 



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Opening Hours

Store Hours

Mon-Sat: 11:00am - 8:00pm

Sun: 11:00am - 6:00pm


Cafe Hours

Mon-Thu: 9:00am - 10:00pm

Fri & Sat: 9:00am - 11:30pm

Sun: 9:00am - 9:00pm

visit us

We are located across the street from the Howard Business School, minutes away from the historic U Street and Shaw neighborhoods. Metrorail stations PetworthU StreetColumbia Heights and Shaw-Howard are located approximately .8 miles away. 70 & 79 buses offer convenient stops nearby.