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

  • The Strong Black Woman: How a Myth Endangers the Physical and Mental Health of Black Women
    Dec 03, 6:30 PM
    Livestreamed to Youtube & Facebook
    Marita Golden discusses her latest release THE STRONG BLACK WOMAN with Dr. Kanika Bell
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  • 11th Annual Magical Mirror Children's Book Fair
    Fri, Dec 10
    Livestreamed to Youtube and Facebook
    Dec 10, 7:00 PM – Dec 12, 3:00 PM
    Livestreamed to Youtube and Facebook
    Join us for our annual Magical Mirrors Children's Book Fair where we highlight our growing collection of Black Children's Books (largest in the DMV area).
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  • White Space, Black Hood: A Discussion with Professor Sheryll Cashin featuring David Whettstone
    Nov 05, 7:00 PM
    Livesreamed to Youtube and Facebook
    Professor of Law, Sheryll Cashin will discuss her latest release, "White Space, Black Hood" with radio host, David Whettstone.
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  • KEEPING IT REAL: A Reading and Q&A w/Author Paula Chase
    Sat, Oct 23
    Livestreamed: YouTube & Facebook
    Oct 23, 1:00 PM
    Livestreamed: YouTube & Facebook
    Join Paula Chase for a live reading and Q&A of her upcoming release, KEEPING IT REAL. Available for pre-order now. Release date :10.19.21
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  • Cedric Robinson: The Time of the Black Radical Tradition with Author Josh Myers featuring James Early
    Oct 15, 6:30 PM
    YouTube and FB Live
    Joshua Myers discusses his latest release "Cedric Robinson: The Time of the Black Radical Tradition" with former Director of Cultural Studies and Communication at the Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies at the Smithsonian Institution, James Early.
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  • Sankofa Video & Books Presents: The Virtual Release Chester Higgins' Sacred Nile Featuring Aida Muluneh
    Oct 01, 7:00 PM
    Join here: https://youtu.be/XPnUQO9rPSE
    Join Sankofa for an evening with photographer and author, Chester Higgins as he discusses his latest release, "Sacred Nile" (Available for pre-order now) with Aida Muluneh.
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  • Sankofa the movie will be available on Netflix starting September 24th!
    Sep 24, 12:00 AM
    Netflix
    We are very proud to partner with Ava DuVernay and Array Releasing to re-master SANKOFA the movie and bring it to larger audiences. SANKOFA starts on Netflix for an extended run, September 24, 2021.
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  • Re-Membering and Surviving: African American Fiction of the Vietnam War A Conversation Between Dr. Shirley Hanshaw and P
    Sep 22, 7:00 PM
    Zoom
    Remembering and Surviving by Dr. Shirley Hanshaw is the first book-length critical study of the black experience in the Vietnam War and its aftermath, this text interrogates the meaning of heroism based on models from African and African American expressive culture. Join in the conversation between
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  • Leo Rua  Live at Sankofa
    Sat, Sep 11
    Washington
    Sep 11, 6:00 PM
    Washington, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Join Sankofa for an unforgettable night of live music with artist, Leo Rua!
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  • A Generation Found: Precious Pearls of WIsdom Meet & Greet with Author and Photographer, Roohee Marshall
    Sep 03, 6:00 PM
    Washington, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Join Sankofa for a short screening, discussion, and book signing in celebration of our community elders! This is an outside in-person event with limited seating, RSVP is required!
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  • Happy Nappy Storytelling Presents: J.D. and the Family Business with author J. Dillard and Illustrator Gordon C. James
    Aug 28, 1:00 PM
    Zoom
    Join J. Dillard A.K.A. the Barberpreneur for a a children's reading event of J.D. and the Family Business, the latest in his J.D. the Kid Barber Series- moderated by Gordon C. James, illustrator of the critically acclaimed picture book Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (by Derrick Barnes).
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  • 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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