Sankofa.org is a social justice organization founded by Harry Belafonte that enlists the support of today's most celebrated artists and influential individuals in collaboration with grassroots partners to elevate the voices of the disenfranchised and promote justice, peace, and equality.
“Breaking the Chains” of Social Injustice
Usher Raymond IV and Mr. Harry Belafonte at the 92Y in New York discussing the state of social justice activism today and the work of Sankofa.org in an event moderated by Soledad O'Brien.
Chains - Don't Look Away
Usher’s team reached out to Sankofa.org for guidance and support. We solicited the families of the victims and organizations working on the front lines of the movement to get involved. Usher performed “Chains” for the first time at the Barclays Center. Together we are helping the “Chains” campaign be more effective and have a wider reach.
The Deeper they Bury Me
An evening at Lincoln Center's Howard Gilman Theater. An interactive encounter with one of America’s most famous political prisoners — and an indictment of a criminal justice system that confined him to a cement tomb for most of his adult life. Sankofa.org is working to showcase this exhibit in a major museum platform.
Lyrics From Lockdown
This show took place at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), National Black Theater in Harlem, and is currently touring other venues around the country. A groundbreaking multimedia production and critically acclaimed show that uses a live band and video DJ, fusing hip hop, theater, spoken word poetry, rhythm and blues, calypso and classical music, to tell a provocative story exposing racial profiling and wrongful incarceration in a nation imprisoning more people than any other in the world. Look out for Lyrics From Lockdown at the Los Angeles theatre company, Actors' Gang in 2016.
This October 1 and 2, Sankofa will host the inaugural “Many Rivers To Cross” Social Justice Music and Arts Festival. Taking place in Chattahoochee Hills, GA (just outside of Atlanta) “Many Rivers To Cross” is set to be the largest music and arts festival dedicated to social justice.
“Many Rivers To Cross” will feature many top artists and celebrities—including Jesse Williams, John Legend, Common, Estelle, Dave Matthews, Michelle Alexander, Dr. Cornel West, Carlos Santana, Danny Glover, comedian/actor Chris Rock, Public Enemy, and more—as well as bring together thought-leaders, activists and communities around today's most pressing human rights issues.
Tickets for “Many Rivers To Cross” officially go on sale Friday, July 29th. Sign up now to receive an alert once they're available.