Greetings, Community Members and Friends,

FINAL FILM EXPO UPDATE! Sankofa-serving the community with diversity education.

The Board Chairman, and Committee Members are basking with appreciation and enthusiasm due to the overwhelming community response to the African American Black Film Exposition, scheduled for Wednesday, February 14,16, and 17.

Sankofa African Heritage Awareness, Inc. wishes to acknowledge and thank the diverse and cosmopolitan Cheyenne community, and anticipates verbally expressing our utmost gratitude at the Exposition.

However, we would be remiss if we fail to recognize some key players in this event:

History-Public Relations-Printing and Graphics Departments at Laramie County Community College; Brian Tyrrell Chevrolet; Visit Cheyenne; Wyoming Tribune Eagle; Trader’s; WKGN TV, Morning Show; NAACP Cheyenne Chapter, 4108; Public Access Channels, 19 & 11; PBS Radio Network;; Executive Office of Laramie County Public Library; Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and to all other donors and sponsors, large and small, who will be listed for the MAAFA Remembrance Day, October, 12,&13, 2018.

It is with your support and dedication that Sankofa is able to fulfill its mission tasks.

See attachment with full details, thanks to Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Many, Many, Thanks,

Jp, Sankofa Chair, and Board Committee Members


MAAFA 2017

2015 Sankofa Symposium

2017, 13TH ANNUAL AFRICA NIGHT, CSU, Fort Collins

The Three Major Sankofa Community Projects:

It is with committed intentions to make this page as exciting and as provocative as possible because the three yearly events listed within contain the crust of our works and inclusively many of our goals and objectives.

The grand celebratory event is: The International Africa MAAFA Remembrance Day—MAAFA, a term used often to denote the (Scattering) as defined by Ani Marimba in her book YURUGU as the African Senegalese word equivalent to the Greek term, Diaspora.

Parallelisms of Slavery in Afro-American and Afro-Cuban Cultures is the theme for the 2017 conference begins Saturday, October 7, the conference starts at 8:30am-11:50am and is a bit more routine. Following breakfast and a fellowship gathering, attention is drawn immediately to the solemnity portion of the MAAFA—the ritual dedication in remembrance of those who died either during the Atlantic Middle Passage, or by some other devious method, place or time during the 400 years of European-African Slave engagement. Since these victims were morally and spiritually connected within their own sacred beliefs, and were never given proper burial, the ancient African ceremony of pouring *LIBATION is held in their honor. This liturgy is conducted by persons who are properly trained and instructed to facilitate this indigenous oracle of Divine Dispensation.

Upon completing the above, the remaining half-day allows for an autodidactic and soul immersion experience in American and African historicity from an intrinsic perspective. This is the informational occasion dealing with preselected themes of African/diasporic life delivered by sequential lecturers from papers previously selected on the merit of research. These power- point presentations address some new historical revelation relatively to either some untold incidents during European slavery; outstanding and special events by some unsung heroes and heroines or a newly revealed genocidal pogrom.

This conference will analyze from an Afrocentric perspective the continuous trends of slavery that remain to exist in America, Cuba and other Afro-Caribbean societies. References will also explain how European and later American imperialism forced culture groups captured from West and Central Africa—who brought their distinct ethnological traditions and cultures with them—to be forced by the process of time to converge their distinct, clannish group habits into a collective pattern of mores, life styles, and traditional traits for the simple reason this offered group protection as well as it assured, to some degree, the persevering of an African spirituality and a secular sanity.

International and national scholars will explain how these parallelisms of slavery affect Caribbean and Afro-American life in the context of present day education, ritualistic and culture folklore, job placement and employment, housing, health and longevity and most importantly, Afro-Caribbean and African-American subjections to social discriminatory practices that remain evident to this day.

Humanities and Arts Scholars in the pipeline for the aforementioned: Greta Viddal, Ph.D, Zemurray Stone Postdoctoral Fellow, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University: Haitian Religion and the Folkloric Imaginary in Socialist Cuba, Mary Ludwig, Laramie County Community College: American Imperialism in the Caribbean During the Spanish- American War of 1898, James W. Peebles, Ph.D. University of Madrid, Spain, African Diasporic Culture, Researcher, Lecturer, World Traveler and Polyglot: Establishing Cuban Cultural/ Education Exchange Programs.

Considering the present interest in Cuba and Caribbean travels and communications, this event should offer a master service to the total community, especially when one considers the local demographics involved: African, European and Hispanic descendants. In short, it is a community adventure in American history always with startling documentation: top-notch presenters, performing artists and film footage covering portions of past and modern day Cuba and Haiti: their diverse peoples, the archaic and failing industries, the growth or lack thereof of the economies and geopolitical advancements and closing with a brief Q&A: The United States and the New Cuban Travel Initiatives.

The second community involvement activity occurs on the third weekend of February 16 and 17, 2018: The Fifth Annual Black Studies Symposium: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN, A conference focusing on African-Americans climbing different paths and exploring other black American patriots and hidden episodes of African-American life, specifically in parts of the American West. Student papers are considered in this category.

NEW TO CHEYENNE: THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL-APRIL  15-20, 2018, (Venues at several locations throughout the City).

All Sankofa sponsored events with exception to some film airings during the Film Festival, will be held at the Laramie County Community College in the Union Pacific Rooms for Institutes and Conferences, Cheyenne, Wyoming.

*LIBATION is a funereal African heritage ritual that can be dispensed anytime, anyplace or anywhere.

When pouring libation to an ancestor who rests in the Valley of the Dead, Damballah will witness your action and accept it as respect for the departed. Libation is to be performed although one is away from home.  What you do for the deceased will be done for you.

Libation to Africans is a sacred practice—a drink-offering to honor and please the spirits—and to show the cosmic connection to the sacred environ.


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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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Sankofa African Heritage, Inc. is proud to present our regular sponsors for:

The Annual International Africa MAAFA Remembrance Day

The SANKOFA Black Studies Lecture Symposium

The Africa- American Mini-Film Festival