Sankofa Youth Workshop
SANKOFA is an interactive precolonial black history media workshop that primarily involves local children in Crown Heights, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville and East New York. The workshop provides participants with a general knowledge of African civilizations prior to slavery and colonialism, with a focus on developing media production skills such as photography and videography. The project is directed by Priscilla and Preston, the two founding members of the Tehuti Ma’at Association.
The workshop is geared toward encouraging the children to connect the ancient past with their present reality. They begin discussing and examining negative narratives in media historically and in present pop culture. This portion of the workshop is to show the importance of producing their own media and telling their stories.
Participants leave able to connect the events from the past to our present, and having an understanding of the significance of the past as it pertains to our future. They analyze the values in past African civilizations and how they relate to the values we deem important in the modern Western world and create visual representations of their analysis.