Black History Month Celebration #7 Sankofa 2021 Black History SOVCA. This series will cover those making history and historical Black Figures, events, activities and of course music related if possible. We should remember and not lose what we accomplished. Very proud of my South Orange folks for honoring Black History Month in a big way for 2021. I am a little bit of the history now so cool.
HONORING OUR STORIES
Sankofa is a word in the Akan Twi and Fante languages of Ghana that translates to “Go back and get it” and also refers to the Bono Adinkra symbol represented either with a stylized heart shape or by a bird with its head turned backwards while its feet face forward carrying a precious egg in its mouth.
Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana. The literal translation of the word and the symbol is “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.”
The word is derived from the words:
FA (look, seek and take).
The sankofa symbolizes the Akan people’s quest for knowledge among the Akan with the implication that the quest is based on critical examination, and intelligent and patient investigation.
Sankofa: Honoring Our Stories is a project celebrating the stories of Black residents of South Orange, past and present, to create a meaningful narrative of the contributions and impact of Black residents on South Orange.
These stories from Black residents of South Orange, past and present create a meaningful picture of the contributions and impact of Black residents on South Orange. The stories were gathered through socially-distant interviews conducted with the storyteller by students from the Columbia High School Black Students Union.