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.

 

Give Meaningful Gifts

new and rare books • independent films • handcrafts

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

  • Child Bride: A Book Discussion with Author Jennifer Turner Smith
    Aug 13, 6:30 PM
    Zoom
    Jennifer Turner Smith is a self published author and winner of the Women's Book Awards. Join us for a discussion and reading of historical fiction novel, Child Bride.
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  •  Dr. Marvellus Djinn's Odd Scholars with B. Sharise Moore
    Jul 24, 1:00 PM
    Zoom
    Join author, Sharise Moore with The Sankofa Homeschooling Collective for a fun discussion and reading of Dr. Djinn's Odd Scholars. About the books: The year: 1920-When famed magician, Dr. Marvellus Djinn, selects a motley crew of talented teens to tour her theme park of magic and crazy creatures.
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  •  "Cosmic Deputy" with poet, writer, activist Kalamu ya Salaam
    Jun 19, 1:00 PM
    Zoom
    Join Sankofa Video & Books for an intimate conversation and reading of "Cosmic Deputy" with poet, writer, activist Kalamu ya Salaam
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  • Friday Paint Night: A Father's Day Celebration
    Jun 18, 6:30 PM
    Zoom
    Grab you paints and canvas and join us on zoom for a night of creative fun with art instructor, Karmyn Pittman of Kolor Me Awesome.
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  • "The Blues: The Authentic Narrative of My Music and Culture" with Chris Thomas King and Dr. Clarence Lusane
    Jun 08, 7:00 PM
    Zoom
    Join musician, Chris Thomas King for the launch of "The Blues: The Authentic Narrative of My Music and Culture", the first book to argue the blues began as a cosmopolitan art form, not a rural one.
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  • She Took Justice: The Black Woman, Law, Power 1618-1969 with Professor of Law, Gloria Browne-Marshall
    May 28, 6:30 PM
    Online Zoom Event
    Join Sankofa for a discussion of "She Took Justice" with Professor of Law, Gloria Browne-Marshall "She Took Justice' proves the Black Woman liberated herself. Readers go on a journey from the invasion of Africa into the Colonial period and the Civil Rights Movement. "
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  • Jason Reynolds and Ibrim X. Kendi on teaching racism at 4pm!
    Apr 24, 4:00 PM EDT
    Registration Link Below
    Join Sankofa's panel with Jason Reynolds and Ibrim X. Kendi on teaching racism at 4pm!
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  • We Are Each Other's Harvest: Natalie Bazel in conversation with Kamal Bell
    Apr 16, 6:30 PM EDT
    Facebook Live @SankofaDC
    Join Queen Sugar author, Natalie Baszile as she discusses her new book We Are Each Other's Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land and Legacy.
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  • HarperCollins in Partnership with Sankofa Books Presents Caul Baby
    Tue, Apr 06
    Crowdcast-Link provided after Book Purchase
    Apr 06, 7:00 PM EDT
    Crowdcast-Link provided after Book Purchase
    HarperCollins in Partnership with Sankofa Books Presents Caul Baby: Morgan Jerkins in Conversation with Phoebe Robinson.
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  • Strong Black Girls: Reclaiming Schools in Their Own Image
    Mon, Mar 29
    Zoom & FB Live @SankofaDC | Register Below
    Mar 29, 6:30 PM EDT
    Zoom & FB Live @SankofaDC | Register Below
    Strong Black Girls:Reclaiming Schools in Their Own Image with editors Daniella Apugo, Lynette Mawhinney, and Afiya Mbilishaka
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  • Black Broadway in Washington, DC
    Fri, Mar 19
    Zoom & FB Live @SankofaDC | Register Below
    Mar 19, 6:30 PM EDT
    Zoom & FB Live @SankofaDC | Register Below
    Black Broadway in Washington, DC with author Briana Thomas in conversation with journalist, Brianna Rhodes
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  • We Do This 'Til We Free Us
    Fri, Feb 26
    Zoom & FB Live @SankofaDC | Register Below
    Feb 26, 6:30 PM EST
    Zoom & FB Live @SankofaDC | Register Below
    We Do This 'Til We Free Us: A Chat with author, activist and abolitionist, Mariame Kaba
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  • Happy Nappy Storytelling Presents: Lubaya's Quiet Roar with Author Marlyn Nelson and Illustrator Philemona Williamson
    Feb 13, 3:00 PM EST
    Zoom (register below) & FB Live @SankofaDC
    A Sankofa Video & Books Children's Event
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  • Sankofa Presents Dancing in Blackness
    Fri, Feb 05
    Zoom and Facebook @SankofaDC
    Feb 05, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST
    Zoom and Facebook @SankofaDC
    Dr. Halifu Osumare in Conversation with Renee' Charlow
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  • Nnedi Okorafor's "Remote Control" Book Launch Event
    Tue, Jan 19
    Online event. Registration in description.
    Jan 19, 6:30 PM EST
    Online event. Registration in description.
    Remote Control Book Launch Event : Nnedi Okorafor in Conversation with Glory Edim.
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  • The Brother You Choose
    Wed, Jan 13
    Zoom & Facebook Live @SankofaDC
    Jan 13, 7:00 PM EST
    Zoom & Facebook Live @SankofaDC
    The Brother You Choose: A Conversation with Eddie Conway, Paul Coates, Susie Day and Interlocutor Greg Thomas
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  • 10th Annual Magical Mirrors Children's Book Fair
    Dec 11, 2020, 1:00 PM EST – Dec 13, 2020, 6:00 PM EST
    Zoom & Facebook Live
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  •  Join us for a special presentation of Taught by Women
    Thu, Dec 10
    Zoom & Facebook Live (@SankofaDC)
    Dec 10, 2020, 7:00 PM EST
    Zoom & Facebook Live (@SankofaDC)
    | Postponed to DEC 10th | Join us for a special presentation of Taught by Women with world renown author, poet and publisher, Haki Madhubuti.
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