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Since '98

Founded by Shirikiana and Haile Gerima and named after the internationally acclaimed film SANKOFA they produced. It's symbol, the Sankofa Bird, looks backward constantly checking as she moves into the future.

 

Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe is liberated territory that hopes to be a place where thoughtful consideration of the past and future can take place via books, films, and programming particularly generated by and about people of African Descent.

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

  • Jazz Night With David White and Edge Theory
    Jazz Night With David White and Edge Theory
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, Jun 21
    Sankofa Video Books and Cafe
    Jun 21, 2024, 8:00 PM – Jul 05, 2024, 11:00 PM
    Sankofa Video Books and Cafe, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Jun 21, 2024, 8:00 PM – Jul 05, 2024, 11:00 PM
    Sankofa Video Books and Cafe, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Join us for an evening of captivating music with David White and Edge Theory!
  • Free Amharic Language Classes
    Free Amharic Language Classes
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Jun 23
    Sankofa Video & Books
    Jun 23, 2024, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    Sankofa Video & Books, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Jun 23, 2024, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    Sankofa Video & Books, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Join us for a free language class taught by Kamau Grimes every Sunday!
  • Gaza on Our Mind
    Gaza on Our Mind
    Sun, Jun 23
    Sankofa Video, Book and Cafe
    Jun 23, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
    Sankofa Video, Book and Cafe, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Jun 23, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
    Sankofa Video, Book and Cafe, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Hosted by Jordan Strudwick, Gaza on Our Mind is a space for members of our community, looking for an outlet to express their solidarity with the people of Gaza. Consider making a donation to our partners, WPFW, a community based radio advocating for the Palestinian cause below.
  • ARTIVISM JAM SESSIONS
    ARTIVISM JAM SESSIONS
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, Jun 25
    Sankofa Video Books & Café
    Jun 25, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Sankofa Video Books & Café, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Jun 25, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Sankofa Video Books & Café, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Defined as "Social Activism through Creative Expression", join us and the hosts from ARTIVISM as we hold a free space for the community to delve into various mediums of art.
  • Friday Night Flight$
    Friday Night Flight$
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, Jun 28
    Washington
    Jun 28, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Washington, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Jun 28, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Washington, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
  • Thu, Sep 12
    Sankofa Video Books & Café
    Sep 12, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Sankofa Video Books & Café, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Sep 12, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Sankofa Video Books & Café, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Join us as Dr. Smith shares her insights, wisdom, and passion for education and community empowerment. Don't miss this opportunity to be inspired and motivated by a true changemaker!
  • Stepping Out: The Unapologetic Style of African Americans Over Fifty
    Stepping Out: The Unapologetic Style of African Americans Over Fifty
    Date and time is TBD
    Sankofa Video, Books, & Café
    Date and time is TBD
    Sankofa Video, Books, & Café, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Date and time is TBD
    Sankofa Video, Books, & Café, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Join us as we welcome Connie Briscoe into the space the brains behind Stepping Out: The Unapologetic Style of African Americans Over Fifty!
  • Laid to the Side: Disrupting the Silence of Black Girls' Hair Stories in Schools
    Laid to the Side: Disrupting the Silence of Black Girls' Hair Stories in Schools
    Mon, Jun 17
    Sankofa Video, Books, & Café
    Jun 17, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Sankofa Video, Books, & Café, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Jun 17, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Sankofa Video, Books, & Café, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Ladies, we all have a hair story don't we? Especially from our grade school days! Well this new anthology, Laid to the Side: Disrupting the Silence of Black Girls' Hair Stories in Schools, dives into those stories and emphasizes their impact on the development of Black girls!
  • A Father’s Day Special: Haile Gerima Presents W.E.B Du bois, A Biography in Four Voices
    A Father’s Day Special: Haile Gerima Presents W.E.B Du bois, A Biography in Four Voices
    Sun, Jun 16
    Sankofa Video, Books and Cafe
    Jun 16, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
    Sankofa Video, Books and Cafe, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Jun 16, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
    Sankofa Video, Books and Cafe, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Louis Messiah's Documentary - 'W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography in Four Voices' Film Screening at Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe, Sunday, June 16, 2024, 6PM
  • Crazy as Hell: The Best Little Guide to Black History
    Crazy as Hell: The Best Little Guide to Black History
    Sat, Jun 15
    Sankofa Video, Books, & Café
    Jun 15, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Sankofa Video, Books, & Café, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Jun 15, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Sankofa Video, Books, & Café, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    We're excited to host the DC Launch of the latest publication from authors, Hoke S. Glover III and V. Efua Prince; Crazy as Hell: The Best Little Guide to Black History! Hoke and Dr. Prince will be in conversation with Dr. Greg Carr, of Howard University!
  • Saturday Magic: A Hoodoo Story
    Saturday Magic: A Hoodoo Story
    Sat, Jun 15
    Sankofa Video Books & Café
    Jun 15, 2024, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    Sankofa Video Books & Café, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Jun 15, 2024, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    Sankofa Video Books & Café, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Kenda Bell-Spruill for an author event for her forthcoming picture book, Saturday Magic: A Hoodoo Story. An ode to the family, friendship, and the beautiful tradition of Hoodoo practice, this book celebrates the magic and symbolism to be found in every day.
  • Daughter of the Merciful Deep
    Daughter of the Merciful Deep
    Tue, Jun 04
    Sankofa Video, Books, & Café
    Jun 04, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Sankofa Video, Books, & Café, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Jun 04, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Sankofa Video, Books, & Café, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    We're excited to host the release of L. Penelope's new book Daughters of the Merciful Deep! L. Penelope will be in conversation with Dolen Perkins-Valdez!
  • Gaza On Our Mind
    Gaza On Our Mind
    Sun, Jun 02
    Sankofa Video Books & Café
    Jun 02, 2024, 6:00 PM
    Sankofa Video Books & Café, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Jun 02, 2024, 6:00 PM
    Sankofa Video Books & Café, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Hosted by Jordan Strudwick ft. Maimouna Youssef, Gaza on My Mind is a space for members of our community, looking for an outlet to express their solidarity with the people of Gaza. Consider making a donation to our partners, WPFW, a community based radio advocating for the Palestinian cause below.
  • Omar Tyree Meet & Greet at Sankofa!
    Omar Tyree Meet & Greet at Sankofa!
    Tue, May 28
    Sankofa Video & Books
    May 28, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Sankofa Video & Books, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    May 28, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Sankofa Video & Books, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Join us for a meet & greet with award winning author Omar Tyree for his latest release, Control!
  • Ashes & Embers Film Screening Fundraiser featuring Bradford Young
    Ashes & Embers Film Screening Fundraiser featuring Bradford Young
    Sun, May 26
    Sankofa Video & Books
    May 26, 2024, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Sankofa Video & Books, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    May 26, 2024, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Sankofa Video & Books, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Please join us for a special screening of Ashes & Embers followed by a conversation with the Director & Cinematographer, Bradford Young. Tax deductible donations welcome.
  • Sankofa Ramp Dedication Ceremony
    Sankofa Ramp Dedication Ceremony
    Sat, May 25
    Sankofa Video & Books
    May 25, 2024, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Sankofa Video & Books , 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    May 25, 2024, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Sankofa Video & Books , 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    This event is not just about celebrating a physical structure; it's about celebrating the spirit of empowerment and the strengthening of community. We invite you to be a part of this special moment and join us as we take a step towards a more accessible future for all.
  • Hieroglyphic & Sacred Science Saturdays with Khazmik Sankofa
    Hieroglyphic & Sacred Science Saturdays with Khazmik Sankofa
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, May 25
    Washington
    May 25, 2024, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Washington, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    May 25, 2024, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Washington, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Have you always want to learn hieroglyphics? Well Khazmik has got you covered! Join him in the conference room for a five week hieroglyphics course! Check the details below!
  • David White and Edge Theory
    David White and Edge Theory
    Fri, May 24
    Sankofa Video & Books
    May 24, 2024, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Sankofa Video & Books, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    May 24, 2024, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    Sankofa Video & Books, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    Join us for an evening of captivating music with David White and Edge Theory!

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Sun: 11:00am - 6:00pm

 

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Fri & Sat: 9:00am - 11:30pm

Sun: 9:00am - 9:00pm

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We are located across the street from the Howard Business School, minutes away from the historic U Street and Shaw neighborhoods. Metrorail stations PetworthU StreetColumbia Heights and Shaw-Howard are located approximately .8 miles away. 70 & 79 buses offer convenient stops nearby.

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