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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Feb 13, 3:00 PM EST
    Zoom (register below) & FB Live @SankofaDC
    A Sankofa Video & Books Children's Event
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Dec 11, 2020, 1:00 PM EST – Dec 13, 2020, 6:00 PM EST
    Zoom & Facebook Live
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  • 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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  • Dec 07, 2020, 6:30 PM EST
    Zoom & Facebook Live
    Please join us for a virtual conversation on Ntozake Shange's, "Dance We Do: A Poet Explores Black Dance". Hosted by Renee' Charlow featuring dancers Mickey Davidson, Dyane Harvey, Halifu Osumare, Otis Sallid, Devalois Fearon, and Dianne McIntyre.
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  • Nov 17, 2020, 7:00 PM EST
    Zoom & Facebook Live (@SankofaDC)
    The Golden Apple Changing the Structure of Civilization, Aftermath Vol 3 with author Edgar Ridley in Conversation with Dr. Jeff Menzise. Zoom Registration in event description.
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  • Nov 04, 2020, 6:30 PM EST
    Zoom & FB Live. Registration Link Below
    Join us for a virtual lecture of Teaching the Children of Tawahedo: Africa and the Ethio-Judeo Christian Legacy with author, Dr.Ts'gye Rachel Titilayo Leslie
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  • Fri, Oct 16
    ZOOM & Facebook @SankofaDC
    Oct 16, 2020, 7:00 PM
    ZOOM & Facebook @SankofaDC
    Join us for a journey into Antonio Johnson's new photography series, You Next: Reflections in Black Barber Shops
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  • Oct 04, 2020, 3:00 PM EDT
    Facebook Live @SankofaDC
    Join Ty on his adventures that celebrate the imagination and power of persistence in Ty's Travels series by the acclaimed author and illustrator team, Kelly Starling Lyons and Nina Mata.
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  • Oct 03, 2020, 6:00 PM EDT
    Facebook Live @SankofaDC
    Join us for a virtual discussion featuring Denise Rolark-Barnes and Nkechi Taifa for her new memoir Black Power, Black Lawyer: My Audacious Quest for Justice.
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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.