The message of Sankofa continues on through us! Read about how two Covenanters have incorporated the Sankofa experience into their lives and work here.
“This [Sankofa journey] was life-changing for me. I have many new heroes now: the men, women, and children who stood up against injustice and marched for freedom in the face of severe persecution. I am angry that this rich history is not taught in our schools. All American children need to know about these magnificent role models.”
“My life will never be the same. I have made choices, whether conscious or unconscious, which allow racism and injustice to continue. I commit to forever be an agent for change in this area, and I owe that to the confrontation of the truth through the Sankofa Journey.”
“I came on this journey not expecting anything really. I wasn’t excited, I wasn’t angry, and I wasn’t prepared for what was in store for me. I came looking at this as an opportunity to do something different – and I got that! Would I do it again? Possibly! Would I recommend it to others? Definitely! In fact I would encourage others to take part in Sankofa. I have been informed, enlightened, and empowered.”
“One thing that became clear to me during Sankofa is that I need to go beyond understanding and head knowledge and begin to allow the realities of racism to impact my heart – embracing sadness, anger, repentance, vulnerability, and even suffering. I’m not sure exactly how that will happen, but seeing what I saw and hearing the stories that I heard on Sankofa was a start for me.”
“Sankofa Journey bus books and seminars cannot equate the impact of one Sankofa Journey. In the bus’ crucible of forced proximity in cramped quarters, layers of political correctness were stripped away. What was revealed in our group was painful but certainly moved me to deeper understanding of racial injustice and my own prejudices. The pain served as a catalyst to action; without it, I may never have addressed my prejudices nor become engaged in racial justice.”
“Sankofa is a journey that every American – black, white, Asian, Latino, young, or old – should experience. You will find yourself exploring the hidden recesses of your heart and soul that you may not have even known existed. And in the end, you will have gained an invaluable insight into how someone of another race processes the pain and suffering wrought by social injustice and racism. Hopefully from there you will resolve to move forward to make the world you live in a better place for all people.”
“Sankofa was transforming for me. I’ve had the privilege of taking two. While they were totally different experiences they both helped to break up some strongholds I’ve built within me to protect me from prejudice, but which kept me back from relationship with others. There were several memorable experiences that stand out in my mind. The lynching display at the King Center in Atlanta shook everybody in the group and reduced most of us to tears. Marching around a courthouse in South Georgia to protest their discriminatory practices was also a high point. Sitting in on trials and seeing the subtle and obvious ways the justice system can be used to demean people was also very riveting. I would be willing to participate in similar experiences and help educate others to be more sensitive and pro-active in racial reconciliation.”