The Sankofa Group Kwanzaa Kamp is a four-day enrichment camp that educates youth on the history, relevance, and celebration of Kwanzaa. Throughout the camp youth will learn the Nguzo Saba (Seven Principles) of Kwanzaa (in both Ki-Swahili and English), why these principles are important and how they can be incorporated into everyday life. Click here for more details and registration info!
Who We Are
The Sankofa Group is a public history firm that interprets the stories of people of color across the Diaspora. Founded by Ebonee Davis, The Sankofa Group takes the histories and truths of our ancestors and makes them accessible to the public in a way that is engaging, enlightening and fun! We firmly believe that history, while it has its place in scholarship and academia, belongs to the PEOPLE (that’s you) first! It is our goal to interpret that history to the people in the form of museum interpretation, curriculum/lesson plan creation, exhibit and program development, archives and more.
The word Sankofa originates from the Akan people of West Africa. There are many definitions of Sankofa but the underlining message means “it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot.” This meaning, teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward. As some have said, “it’s important to know where you’ve been, in order to know where you’re going.”
Sankofa’s Adinkra symbol is represented by a bird that’s “flying” forward while looking backward with an egg (symbolizing the future) in its mouth. Thus, our name is truly fitting for what we are striving to do.
In 2013, after several years of working in the fields of public history and museums, Public Historian and Founder Ebonee Davis, founded The Sankofa Group. A lifelong lover of Black history Davis has always had a passion for sharing history with the people- stay around her for any length of time and you’ll be sure to catch a history lesson, or two. Ebonee Davis is a trained public historian with a BA in History from Howard University and MA in Museum Studies & Historical Preservation from Morgan State University. In 2011, Davis studied in Ghana, West Africa and visited several museums and monuments that told incredibly rich stories. Witnessing these public spaces preserve and pass along the stories of her ancestors inspired Davis to make a more intentional effort to reveal to the public the correlations between the truths of their history, the present, and their place in the stream of it all. Davis hopes that her work with the public will foster a sense of stewardship for the tangibles of our history and aid people in realizing their rights to posses the history as their own.
Archive Preservation at WEB DuBois Center in Ghana, West Africa
Founder, Ebonee Davis, is currently working on an archival project in Ghana, West Africa at W.E.B. DuBois’ home, the W.E.B. DuBois Memorial Center for Pan-African Culture. Click here to read an article detailing Davis’ work in Ghana.