“History matters, and an awareness of it puts our lives into a context. A disdain for history sets us adrift, and makes us victims of ignorance and denial. History lives in and through our bodies right now, and in every moment.”
Sankofa is a present value at CommunityBuild Ventures. It is a word in the language of the Akan people in Ghana, a country in western Africa. It means to “return, go, look, seek and take.” It symbolizes the quest for knowledge rooted in critical examination and intelligent and patient investigation. History plays a critical role in the quest for knowledge. History offers three important lessons.
- History activates analysis and awareness.
- History provides important tools and information that we can retrieve and bring forward.
- History helps us to begin to heal racialized trauma.
In order to dismantle white supremacy and prop up liberation as a cultural norm, we must be rooted in history. We must return.