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JAMES BALDWIN

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BAYARD RUSTIN

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In order to understand our present and ensure our future, we must know our past.  

Sankofa teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward. The concept of Sankofa is derived from King Adinkera of the Akan people of West Africa.  Sankofa is expressed in the Akan language as “se wo were fi na wosan kofa a yenki.”  Literally translated, it means, “it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot.”

Visually and symbolically, Sankofa is expressed as a mythic bird that flies forward while looking backward with an egg (symbolizing the future) in its mouth. 


JAMES BALDWIN

one of the greatEST writers of the 20th century. In works that have become part of the American canon—Go Tell It on a Mountain, Giovanni’s Room, Another Country, The Fire Next Time, if beale street could talk, Notes on a native son, & The Evidence of Things Not Seen—baldwin explored issues of race and racism in America, class distinction, and sexual difference.

BAYARD RUSTIN

the heart and soul of the civil rights movement. Martin Luther King Jr.’s chief ADVISOR & the man behind the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (WHERE Dr. King delivered his momentous and influential “I have a Dream” speech). RUSTIN was A pioneer of the movement’s nonviolent resistance, THEN MERCILESSLY pushed into the shadows for daring to live freely amd embrace the fullness of his intersectional identity.