Sankofa is a word in the Twi language of Ghana that means "Go back and get it" (San – go back; ko - to go; fa - to fetch, to seek and take).  The Sankofa symbol is one of the more popular and recognizable of the Adinkra symbols. The symbol is illustrated two ways: by a bird with its head turned backwards retrieving an egg on its back, or as a stylish heart-shaped design.

The image of the mythological bird with its head looking backward has been interpreted and re-interpreted many different ways. More commonly, however, it is seen as embracing one’s heritage or returning to a person’s roots. It reinforces the idea of community and family and using past experiences to help build a better future.

The Owner

Peace. My name is Bri and I own and run Sankofa Books. I am an elementary school teacher with a consuming passion for literacy, Black literature and children. For me, the Sankofa symbol represents my deepest values: finding connection and significance in our rich history to progress toward a rich future. As a descendant of both Caribbean and Southern roots, I understand and embrace the significance and magic in connecting to our past, our heritage, our culture, our ancestry and tradition. What better way to do that than through storytelling?

I am here to celebrate Black voices, written works, and stories. Outloud.

Love and light,