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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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new and rare books • independent films • handcrafts

Upcoming Events


New Arrivals

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Opening Hours

Store Hours

Mon-Sat: 11:00am - 8:00pm

Sun: 11:00am - 6:00pm


Cafe Hours

Mon-Thu: 9:00am - 10:00pm

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

Sun: 9:00am - 9:00pm

visit us

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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