Sankofa Chicago is a three-part docuseries discussing the importance of Black history education for all, irrespective of race, for shaping a better future for our youth.
Sankofa, a word in the Twi language of Ghana, means, “Go back and fetch it”.
Like its title, this docuseries is about Chicago's Black and Brown communities, finding its value through education on the History and shared values. If we want to comprehend racism in America, we must first grasp our past. To create a community that protects and values everyone, we must learn how our ancestors came to be in America and how they fought for the little freedom we have attained so far. It provides a sense of belonging and a medium of social and moral support to the young Black and Brown population through learning about their origins and how far they have come.
EPISODE 1: Sankofa Chicago
The Black community in Chicago learns how to shape a better future for everyone and coming generations by revisiting History and learning about ancestral cultures to build a community where every member has a sense of belonging. People of common origin who don't want to be lost in extinction must create a way by which their cultural values and stories are passed down from one generation to generation. Here in Chicago, we are tracing our steps back to the roots in the bid to address common problems affecting the Black community in America and around the world.
EPISODE 2: The Untold
This episode focuses on the American History curriculum-based education in schools in Chicago. What is American History without the story of how Blacks and other people of color came to be? We need to know the truth. Students need to learn about their identity and see that there are Black and Brown heroes they can emulate. We must be aware of our past, particularly the difficult aspects. We won't understand the terrible grief and hurt inflicted on entire groups of people unless we discover the true History. A year-round commitment to Black History is essential because it provides perspective for the present, not only during February.
EPISODE 3: 2024
In America, mental health has been an essential topic of discussion among African Americans as it's been a problem to curtail mental illness because of socio-economic risk factors like racism, gun violence, substance abuse, trauma, etc. The church has been a unit of support for Black families and individuals since the age of slavery. It must imbibe the culture of providing mental health support by addressing poverty, racism, and crime without any bias.
In 1915, Black History in the U.S schools started with Dr. Carter G. Woodson along with his Colleagues in Chicago.
Black Americans are 20% more likely to experience mental health problems than the general population.
Between 2010 through July 2020, Black homicide victims accounted for 4,374 of the city's murders.