A portrait hangs on the wall Of a Taino queen She has my abuela’s eyes Sugar cane skin Emitting light That illuminates our potential   History wears the face of family Looking to the past, to create the future I reach through centuries to reclaim that which we have forgotten, forgone, and been stripped of   Honor, power, strength, self-respect Once petroglyphs etched on stone Are … Continue reading Regreso

Sankofa: “Looking to the Past to Create the Future”

The concept of “Sankofa” is derived from King Adinkera of the Akan people of West Africa. “Sankofa” is expressed in the Akan language as “se wo were fi na wosan kofa a yenki.” Literally translated, this means “it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot”. Sankofa teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward. That … Continue reading Sankofa: “Looking to the Past to Create the Future”