Sankofa is a West African word meaning “looking backward to move forward.” The Sankofa Journey seeks to assist disciples of Christ on their move toward a righteous response to the social ills related to racism. This interactive experience explores historic sites of importance in the Civil Rights movement, places of oppression and inequality for people of color, while seeking to move participants toward healing the wounds and racial divide caused by hundreds of years of racial injustice in the United States of America.
A Sankofa Journey increases one’s awareness, understanding, and sensitivity for past struggles, victories, and continuing racist oppression existing in our country. The journey explores how far we have come, and how far we have yet to go. Sankofa allows participants the opportunity to consider how together, we might better address racial righteousness in our church, our nation, and our world.
On this three-day bus journey, participants will travel to critical sites of past and present racial injustice, such as Birmingham, Alabama; Jackson, Mississippi; and Memphis, Tennessee. We will meet and hear from persons directly involved in ministries of justice in Mississippi, visit places like the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, civil rights institutions, and more.
A Sankofa Journey is not just about information of the past and present, but seeks to be a journey for both personal and corporate change. Simply put, it is a journey of spiritual transformation. Through sites visited, videos watched, and active processing of the journey, relationships of trust are deepened in an environment of grace.