SANKOFA WEEK PRE- FESTIVAL EVENTS  JUNE 8-15  USHERS IN JUNETEENTH ( 16th & 17th )

Raising Of The Black Liberation Flag, Holistic Health Fair, Entertainment, Art Exhibits, Praise & Worship & More! Sankofa Week Events kick off Friday, June 8 with the raising of the Liberation Flag in Niagara Square in front of City Hall from 11:30 – noon. That singular and very significant gathering marks the beginning of a week of cultural events leading up to the Juneteenth Festival weekend June 16 and 17 in MLK Park.

The Juneteenth Fundraiser Poetry event will be held on Thursday, June 14 at the Landmark, 318 Pearl Street. Pay what you can to support the annual Juneteenth experience. Among the other highlights will be a “Get Well Holistic Health Fair” featuring Dr. Maat E.L. Lewis Breath and Meditation Workshop, Black Social Workers, Dr. Frances & Erin Moss LMHC, Yoga Meditation, youth and family activities and more.

Here Is The Full Schedule for Sankofa Week :

June 8th: Friday: The Flag Raising Ceremony: Location: Niagara Square (front of Buffalo City Hall). Time: 11:30-12 noon. The Liberation Flag will be raised.

June 9th Saturday: East High School 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Get Well Holistic Health Fair: Dr. Maat E. L. Lewis Breath and Meditation workshop, Black Social Workers Dr. Frances & Erin Moss LMHC. Yoga Meditation: Taminka: Youth/Family Activities & Science Black Panther Just Transition.

June 10th Sunday: WUFO 143 Broadway Avenue: 4:00PM – 8:00PM Between a Rock and a Hard Place Featured Artist NKulee Dube – free & open to the public

June 11th Monday: Frank Meriwether Library 5:30 – 7:30PM RBG African Conscious Workshop: Dr. Maat E. L. Lewis – Know Thyself Everyone Has a Sense of Spirit – Free and open to the public.

June 12 Tuesday: 515 Main Street Gallery Key Bank Small Business Workshop- free and open to the public

June 13th Wednesday: African American Cultural Center 350 Masten Avenue 6 – 8 p.m. Black Arts Buffalo – free and open to the public

June 14th Thursday: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Juneteenth Fundraiser ( $5 put your money where your mouth is) Poetry at the Landmark 318 Pearl Street.

June 15th: Friday –One Man Art Show, 515 Main Street, 6 to 8 p.m. Praise and Worship in Martin Luther King Jr. Park (Best and Fillmore near MLK Jr. Bust) w/Sister Anita Williams from 6:00PM to 8:00PM

June 16th & 17th Saturday & Sunday :  Juneteenth Festival

The Parade Begins at 11am down Genesee Into MLK Park  on  Saturday June 16th to Kick off the 2nd Largest Juneteenth Celebration In The Country! The Continues Through Sat and Sun with lots of Arts, Culture, Food, Music, Activities, Performances, Peace Unity and Loads of Fun in The Community at MLK PARK !

*Interested in being a part of the celebration? Sign up today! We need volunteers of all ages with a heart for history, family and community!!!

Call Today! 716-891-8801 Juneteenth Festival Inc. Headquarters: 1517 Genesee Street • www.juneteenthofbuffalo.com

What is Sankofa

Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana. The literal translation of the word and the symbol is “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” The word is derived from the words SAN (return), KO (go), FA (look, seek and take). The symbol is based on a mythical bird with its feet firmly planted forward with its head turned backwards. Thus, the Akan believe the past serves as a guide for planning the future. To the Akan, it is this wisdom in learning from the past which ensures a strong future!