Sankofa: Learning from Hindsight is autobiographical and presents a cross-cultural perspective growing up in Ghana and living in different countries. The memoir reflects the author’s strong belief in women's wisdom and power. It articulates ways in which an individual can use spiritual transcendence as a vehicle towards empowerment.
Last night Charlie went on a bender. Today he woke up with a tattoo of the mythical African sankofa bird on his right shoulder blade. The solid black tribal tattoo was probably too dark for his pale white skin, but he hadn't actually chosen the tattoo himself. The sankofa bird looked back over its shoulder as it flew forward justifying its meaning - one can not move intelligently into the future without paying attention to the past. Contrasting again with the too dark tattoo and the too light skin was the pretty brown face of the little girl peaking over her father's shoulder as he cradled her. What on earth was he going to do with this little life? Two days ago he didn't even know she existed. Yesterday he woke up with this strange tattoo. Today he decided to go to the hospital and take responsibility for his daughter. He didn't even know what the tattoo was and why those men had taken it upon themselves to have it given to him. Today it was just some dumb bird that he was contemplating having removed. It would be quite a while before he would find out why he had gotten it and what the significance of it really was. He repositioned her into his arms and tenderly kissed little Sankofa on the forehead. "We can do this."
Explores the complex interplay of race and culture in the doctoral experiences of African American students. Sankofa reexamines doctoral education through the lens of African American and Black experiences. Drawing on the African diasporic legacy of Sankofa and the notion that "it is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten," the contributors "go back" to address legacies of exclusion in higher education and take care to center and honor the contributions of historically marginalized doctoral students. Whereas earlier studies focused largely on socialization, departmental norms, and statistical portraits of doctoral degree attachment, this book illuminates the ways African American students encounter, navigate, and make sense of their doctoral experiences and especially the impact of race and culture on those experiences. Individual chapters look at STEM programs, the intersections of race and gender, the role of HBCUs, and students' relationships with faculty and advisors. Amid growing diversity across programs and institutions, Sankofa provides a critical model for applying culturally based frameworks in educational research, as well as practical strategies for better understanding and responding to the needs of students of color in predominantly White contexts. Pamela Felder Small is an Independent Scholar, Consultant and Founder of #BlackDoctoratesMatter. Marco J. Barker is Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Practice in Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Marybeth Gasman is Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education and Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.
A REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK | AN AMAZON BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR “A beautiful exploration of the often complex parameters of freedom, prejudice, and individual sense of self. Chibundu Onuzo has written a captivating story about a mixed-race British woman who goes in search of the West African father she never knew . . . [A] beautiful book about a woman brave enough to discover her true identity.” —Reese Witherspoon “Onuzo’s sneakily breezy, highly entertaining novel leaves the reader rethinking familiar narratives of colonization, inheritance and liberation.” —The New York Times Book Review Named a Best Book of the Month by Entertainment Weekly, Harper's Bazaar, and Time • Named a Most Anticipated Book of the Month by Goodreads, PopSugar, PureWow, LitHub, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and Buzzfeed A woman wondering who she really is goes in search of a father she never knew—only to find something far more complicated than she ever expected—in this “stirring narrative about family, our capacity to change and the need to belong” (Time). Anna is at a stage of her life when she's beginning to wonder who she really is. In her 40s, she has separated from her husband, her daughter is all grown up, and her mother—the only parent who raised her—is dead. Searching through her mother's belongings one day, Anna finds clues about the African father she never knew. His student diaries chronicle his involvement in radical politics in 1970s London. Anna discovers that he eventually became the president—some would say dictator—of a small nation in West Africa. And he is still alive... When Anna decides to track her father down, a journey begins that is disarmingly moving, funny, and fascinating. Like the metaphorical bird that gives the novel its name, Sankofa expresses the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bringing it into the present to address universal questions of race and belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, and the search for a family's hidden roots. Examining freedom, prejudice, and personal and public inheritance, Sankofa is a story for anyone who has ever gone looking for a clear identity or home, and found something more complex in its place.
The story tracks a character in the hope of understanding what each stage of his development adds to his personality. That ever-emerging personality makes choices that has consequences. Family is a recurring theme in the story, and their role keeps morphing as things develop. The main characters have been given names, while supporting characters need not be named as they carry out their roles in the story.
A Sankofa Moment gives the 48-year history of the Trinity United Church of Christ with a major emphasis on the building of the largest United Church of Christ congregation within the denomination that developed several ministries and several entities under the pastorate of Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.
Sankofa is a word in the Twi language of Ghana that can be translated as "Go Back and Fetch It." With this book, we go back and fetch the history of 10 black men and women from Lexington. In this book you will learn about educators like Dr. Mary Britton and her sister Julia Britton Hooks, sculpters like Isaac Scott Hathaway, inventors like Shelby Davidson. You will learn who the Charlotte Court Housing Projects was named after. You will learn about R.C.O. Benjamin, whose headstone graces the cover of this book, as well as a few others.
Ya Sankofa! By: Torrance R. Harvey M.S. ED. Sometimes I must move slowly like a cat... Sometimes I must move with dispatch. There are times I must be silent, unheard. Just like the morning spring sun shining over the harmonious tweeting birds. Then, there is that one moment in time I must ROAR loudly For everyone to hear and fear everywhere. Bringing their hearts and minds to understand ONE THING. I AM the TRUE Lion and the King! Ya Sankofa! is a literary journey of reflection. It is an artistic expression of cultural awareness in a contemporary sense from a historical lens in the form of a series of poems.
‘Ghana: Diary of A Son’s Sankofa Return’ is a partial diary of the author’s first trip to Accra, Ghana While in Ghana, the author lived with a Fanti family. Chapters in the book deal with his interactions primarily with members of the Ga and Fanti tribes. The reader is led through some of the events that helped the author become more attached to the African continent.. Some of the traditions (including the Fanti naming conventions) he learned about are shared in this diary. From the very first day in Ghana until the plane returns to America, you travel with the author through the Botany Gardens, Nkrumah Museum, Tema, Cape Coast Dungeon, Elmina Dungeon, Akosombo Dam, DuBois Cultural Center, Kumasi Festival, and a unique church offering tradition.