The Sankofa Project
Racial trauma is real. According to the APA, racial trauma, a form of race-based stress, refers to People of Color and Indigenous individuals’ (POCI) reactions to dangerous events and real or perceived experiences of racial discrimination. Such experiences may include threats of harm and injury, humiliating and shaming events, and witnessing racial discrimination toward other POCI.
In partnership with Purposed Resource and Community Center (fiscal agent), we have launched The Sankofa Project. This is an effort to support Black and Brown families who are struggling through this pandemic and beyond. It is an effort to provide soul-care, stressing the importance of tending to the most inner parts of your person. Sankofa is a West African word, meaning, “go back and fetch it.” We are going back and fetching those that have been marginalized by the larger society.
In our effort to show solidarity and love to racially marginalized communities, The Sankofa Project has two products currently being distributed: The Sankofa Box and The Sankofa Booklet. The Sankofa Box is soul care in a box, providing encouragement, crafts and local products. The Sankofa Booklet is a small, informative booklet that covers mental health, racial trauma and grief.
This year, Bridge the Divide has partnered with us to raise funds to give away another 100 boxes and support the retreat for the African Diaspora.
This effort was launched Mother’s Day weekend and has given away 100 boxes to date! In 2020 we were recognized for our work in the city of Milwaukee with funding from the “Love Your Block MKE” campaign.
With your support, we can keep this effort going. We partner with such organizations as Catholic Charities, 414Life, The African American Round Table and more!