(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.

 

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events
CRITICAL READING Series
Sun, Jan 26
Sankofa
Jan 26, 3:00 PM
Sankofa, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
How to Read Toni Cade Bambara
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Book discussion and signing with Joshua Myers
Sat, Dec 28
Sankofa
Dec 28, 2019, 3:00 PM
Sankofa, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
The Howard University protests from the perspective and worldview of its participants.
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REEL CINEMA FILM SCREENING: 'SANKOFA'
Fri, Dec 27
Sankofa
Dec 27, 2019, 8:00 PM
Sankofa, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
Reel Cinema Film Series is returning to Sankofa Video, Books, and Cafe with a showing of 'Sankofa' by Haile Gerima.
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9th annual Magical Mirrors Children's Book Fair
Fri, Dec 13
Sankofa
Dec 13, 2019, 11:00 AM – Dec 15, 2019, 6:00 PM
Sankofa, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
Featuring Authors, illustrators, face painting, children's yoga AND books, books, books galore about children of color!
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Historian Bayyinah Bello presents her new book
Fri, Nov 29
Sankofa
Nov 29, 2019, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Sankofa, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
Meet and Greet Book Signing Event with Historian Bayyinah Bello of her new book SHEROES of the Haitian Revolution
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NONAME'S BOOK CLUB WASHINGTON DC MEET-UP
Sat, Nov 23
Sankofa
Nov 23, 2019, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Sankofa, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
Reading material for the homies. From cult classics to the words of emergent authors, Noname’s Book Club highlights books that speak on human conditions in critical and original ways.
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Critical Reading: FROM DACHAU WITH LOVE: How to read George Jackson … w/Frantz Fanon?
Sat, Nov 16
Sankofa
Nov 16, 2019, 3:00 PM
Sankofa, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
Critical reading and conversation to go beyond the surface and investigate deeper questions and implications.
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Book Signing
Tue, Nov 05
Sankofa
Nov 05, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sankofa, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
Nana Kobina Nketsia presents his book African culture in governance and development : the Ghana paradigm
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Critical Reading: How to read Toni Morrison
Sun, Sep 15
Sankofa
Sep 15, 2019, 3:00 PM
Sankofa, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
Critical reading and conversation to go beyond the surface and investigate deeper questions and implications.
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Critical Reading: led by Acklyn Lynch, moderated by Haile Gerima
Sun, Apr 07
Sankofa
Apr 07, 2019, 3:00 PM
Sankofa, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
Critical Reading is series that engages audiences in conversations on a variety of topics designed to generate knowledge - knowledge not for entertainment but knowledge for revolution.
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Magical Mirrors
Fri, Dec 14
Sankofa Video Books & Cafe
Dec 14, 2018, 12:00 PM – Dec 15, 2018, 6:00 PM
Sankofa Video Books & Cafe, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
Sankofa's Annual Children's Book Fair
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Walter Mosley Book Launch and Reception
Wed, Oct 03
Calvary Baptist Church: Woodward Hall
Oct 03, 2018, 6:30 PM
Calvary Baptist Church: Woodward Hall, 733 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
Sankofa Bookstore is excited to host The DC Launch of New York Times-Bestselling Author Walter Mosley's new book: John Woman.
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Eloise Greenfield Day
Sun, Apr 22
Sankofa Video Books & Cafe
Apr 22, 2018, 2:00 PM
Sankofa Video Books & Cafe, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
A live conversation between Eloise Greenfield and her daughter, Monica. Featuring recitations of her poems by local elementary school students; a live jazz rendition of her classic poem, Honey, I Love, and a tribute from renowned children's book illustrator Jan Spivey Gilchrist.
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Family Oral History Workshop
Wed, Apr 18
Sankofa Video Books & Cafe
Apr 18, 2018, 6:30 PM
Sankofa Video Books & Cafe, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
Learn how to record your family histories with Kelly Navies, Oral History Specialist with the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.
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ChildTimes Oral History Project
Mon, Apr 16
Sankofa Video Books & Cafe
Apr 16, 2018, 11:00 AM – Apr 21, 2018, 8:00 PM
Sankofa Video Books & Cafe, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
People of all ages are invited to Sankofa's in-store video booth to recall and record moments from their childhood for this community-based project, inspired by Mrs. Greenfield’s lyrical memoir, ChildTimes. The video booth will be open from April 16-21 11 am - 8 pm
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New Arrivals

 

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.