A Message from our founder

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I begin of course by thanking all those who have and continue to believe in the mission and vision of Sankofa to educate, motivate, and activate artists and allies in service of grassroots movements and equitable change. We strive for a global community where human rights are not just a conversation, but a manifestation. 

It is our belief that culture and its human collateral can become the most influential power in funding and organizing a unified front to eradicate the forces and motives that drive the current cycles of violence that are often portrayed as means of solution. Our experience has taught us that art and culture are some of the most powerful tools we have to unite people across difference and express the values we desire to see in our society. 

Sankofa remains committed to combining the quality, power, and creativity of the entertainment and arts communities with inclusive values and enlisting 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 peace and equality.

Through the direction of my daughter Gina, our productions and partnerships aspire to help audiences understand the complex ideas/challenges of our times and to garner the power to take action and acquire the tools to be effective.  We have accomplished much in five years: documentary films, community-based art installations, theatre plays, national campaigns that transform the ways Americans think about criminal justice, immigration, equality, equity, violence and so much more. Please visit our website to see more about our work and partnerships Sankofa.org

It is time to pass the baton and I do so with confidence that my daughter Gina and her colleagues will carry on the mission of Sankofa. Through her leadership and commitment, the organization will continue to focus on issues of injustice that disproportionately affect the disenfranchised.

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Harry Belafonte,
Founder of Sankofa.org