Ahead of Sankofa.org’s first album release, “Broken Windows,” today the social justice organization, in partnership with global music and entertainment platform TIDAL, shared the powerful short film, “Versus,” starring actor/activist Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy) and V. Bozeman(Empire).
While families across the country prepared to celebrate Thanksgiving, we were on our way to Standing Rock. Climbing PoeTree was invited by the International Indigenous Youth Council to make the journey to Sioux territory and stand against 524 years of continued colonization and brutal attacks on First Nation peoples. When we got there we met with members of the Youth Council and quickly became immersed into the 24 hour prayers and actions that circle the camps.
In light of last week's #GivingTuesday, Sankofa.org has been offered a grant for $30K! This is extremely exciting news for us, as it will allow our organization to continue providing platforms for activists, artists and folks like you to elevate the important work happening across the country to create a more just and fair society.
Sankofa.org is proud to participate in this year's #GIVINGTUESDAY, a global day of generosity and gratitude in support of groups, organizations and causes that are helping create a more fair and just society for all people.
"Since the election, we at Sankofa.org have had the opportunity to hear and share reflections with key partners and allies about how to stay the course and continue pushing for a progressive human rights agenda amidst the journey ahead. Many have asked, "Where do we go from here?", a question for which there are no easy answers. However, Sankofa.org's commitment to helping elevate critical issues, and creating safe spaces for healing, community and solutions building remains undeterred.
This Election Day, Sankofa.org urges our allies, partners, and all of those who care about justice, peace and equality to vigilantly protect and enforce their right to vote. It is not just the Presidency, but also the future and soul of the entire country that stands to lose most if we do not exercise the collective power of the ballot.
I'm proud to have played a role in bringing about social change through art with fellow artists and friends. In this "behind the scenes" look at our work in this 8 minute film you'll follow us as we begin our weekend of painting at the
Town Hall Meeting in Atlanta that kicks off the MRTC festival as Atlanta proclaims HARRY BELAFONTE Day. View the power of art at the inaugural Many Rivers To Cross Festival presented by HARRY BELAFONTE and SANKOFA.org which is now being called a SOCIAL JUSTICE "Woodstock."
Grammy-Winning Hip Hop Stars T.I. and Macklemore, Singers/Songwriters Aloe Blacc, Goapele and Alice Smith, Grammy-Winning Jazz Vocalist Dianne Reeves, Grammy Award Nominated A Cappella Ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock, and Artist/Actor/Activist Jussie Smollett have signed on to perform at the event, joining the celebrated line-up that features a mix of artists and thought-leaders including John Legend, Chris Rock, Jesse Williams, Common, Estelle, Dave Matthews, Carlos Santana, Public Enemy, Danny Glover and Dr. Cornel West. The festival will be held at Bouckaert Farm, 20 minutes southwest of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Tickets can be purchased at TICKETFLY.com
Sankofa is proud and excited to congratulate Jesse Williams on receiving the Humanitarian Award at this year's BET Awards. Through his dedicated activism work with us, Black Lives Matter and other grassroots organizations fighting on the front lines for racial justice and human rights, Jesse is a shining example of how today's entertainers and influencers can and should leverage their platforms to advance progressive change. Sankofa is proud to call him a friend, an ally, and a key member of our Advisory Board. This honor is both well-earned and highly-deserved, and we wish him the very best.
The acquittal of yet another officer responsible fo Freddie Gray's death is an egregious miscarriage of justice, and demonstrates that merica's legal systems are not designed to protect or serve Black and Brown people. It is unconscionable that neither officer Goodson nor Officer Nero are being held accountable for murdering an innocent, unarmed man.