Sankofa is a word from the Twi language of Ghana and is literally translated to mean "it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot".
Included among a vast and growing body of Adinkra iconography, Sankofa is pictorially expressed as a backward-looking bird with an egg in its beak and body facing forward and within the African Diaspora context this represents the need to reflect on the past to build a successful future.
“We can’t change the past, but we can learn from it and it is our responsibility to make the future better, not just for ourselves, but for the younger generations, and those yet born.
Sankofa challenges us to reflect upon the myriad of lessons written in our large mighty walk from the dawn of civilization and through long and hopeless nights of bondage, with the expectation that, through the process of looking back, reflecting, studying and learning, we-Africans at Home and Abroad-will make use of the bountiful wisdom of our Ancestors to plot a course into a triumphant future pregnant with promise.
For over 400 years, more than 35 million men, women and children were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade, one of the darkest chapters in human history. This tragedy also included the British Overseas Territories, such as Bermuda.
In order to honor the victims, this is a resource for people to learn about African Bermuda Enslavement History within the African Diaspora Heritage Trail context, and learn about their contributions, and stories of heroism to our history. We can not change the past but we can learn from it to make a better future.
"We are the Survivors of The Survivors of The African Ethnocide"