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The SANKOFA African Heritage Awareness, Inc., (SAHA), is a 501 (c) (3) public charity, and as such, donations are deductible under The Internal Revenue Service Code.
As natural subjects in the Africana Diaspora (MAAFA), we must always recognize the value in proclaiming the rich, and yet, greatly untold historicity of Mother Afrikan and the debilitating tribulations leading to the Africa MAAFA, the scattering, that coincidentally, forged a race of people with greater stamina, global and diverse cultures that have maintained vibrancy since primeval antiquity to the present-day. For too long, academia has allowed ubiquitous and prejudicial writings, mythical ideas and diabolical fables that Africa’s contributions to global progress have been very limited, and/or questionable, as if to say, if there were any humanitarian achievements or accomplishments what so ever, since to many, Africa remains that “Dark Continent.” Understanding that America has more than 45,000.000 citizens of African origin, and yet, the persistency of such inane ideas, practices and advocacies, gives sufficient reason to insist on the mandatory teachings, to some degree, of African Education in the public school systems across the nation.
Special Announcements and Upcoming Events:
MARK THE DATE: FEBRUARY, 13, 15, AND 16 –THE AFRICAN AMERICAN BLACK FILM EXPOSITION:
Pictures and further viewing see Program Page.
The History Department at Laramie County Community College joins Sankofa in presenting: African American Black Film Exposition 2019
Also highlighting the lives of long ago and forgotten black pioneer film producers: Oscar Micheaux, Spencer Williams, Zora Neal Hurston and James and Eloyce Gist. All were truly innovated pioneers of the black film genre. Principal film screening at the 2019 African American Black Film Exposition:
5:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 13, THE PIANO LESSON (A Pulitzer Prize Winning Play). An African American family struggles between selling off an antique African carved piano to buy a farm and flush into the American economy or retaining it as a family heirloom and continue to struggle financially.
6:45 p.m., Wednesday, February 13, LET THE FIRE BURN, One of the top five Documentaries of 2013, A.D. Scott, The New York Times. On May 13, 1985, a longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a deadly climax. Police orders: “Drop military-grade explosives onto a MOVE- occupied Rowhouse, killing children and wounded many adults.
9:00 a.m., Friday, February 15, AMISTAD a slaver traveling from Cuba to the U.S. in 1839 carrying a cargo of Africans who have been sold into slavery in Cuba, taken on board, and chained in the cargo hold of the ship. As the ship is crossing from Cuba to the U.S., Cinque, a tribal leader in Sierra Leone, Africa, leads a mutiny and takes over the ship. They continue to sail, hoping to find their way back to Africa. Instead, they are misdirected and reach the United States and immediately imprisoned as runaway slaves. With hardly any knowledge of English, it seems like they are doomed to die for killing their captors. John Quincy Adams, an abolitionist lawyer, decides to take their case to the Supreme Court, arguing that they were free citizens of another country and not slaves and makes an impassioned and eloquent plea for their release. The case is a watershed moment for America-Spain relations, and reveals the political machinations as it holds repercussions on the North-South conflict eventually leading to America’s Civil War.” PG, 2hrs,35mins.
6:00 p.m., Saturday, February 16, BLACK PANTHER, A Marvel blockbuster and shock! The first black superhero to become the third-highest-grossing movie ever in the U.S. and brought in $1.35 billion Worldwide.
Black Panther – Synopsis Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther’ follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
SHORT SHORTS: To be screened intermittently, if time allows:
The Darktown Revue, 1931, Directed by Oscar Micheaux. This film is one of the most outrageous Oscar Micheaux productions. A traditional minstrel show of broad comedy with chorale interludes typical of any film defining African American stage performances of that era.
Two Knights of Vaudeville, 1915, is a low-budget production in slapstick style. 11min. Ebony Film Cooperation, Chicago. Well known among black theatergoers, these fun-makers received favorable notices in the black press, particularly the Chicago Defender.
REV. S.S. JONES HOME MOVIES, 1924, 6 min. Amateur photographer Reverend Solomon Jones used his 16mm camera to capture candid glimpse of African American life in rural Oklahoma.
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Purpose and Mission: Organized indisputably as an educational institute to promote and advocate to academia and to all citizenry, at local, state and International levels- the ardent desire to study and become informed in African Diaspora civilizations and how to share this enlightenment with others.
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