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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

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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.  

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Our operating hours have temporarily changed due to covid 19 

We're open 10am - 6pm everyday.

Sankofa Cafe is temporarily closed.

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

2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA

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