Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana. One literal translation is, “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” A more modern interpretation is that “in order to move forward, one must learn from the past.”
As Open Buffalo recognizes five years serving Buffalo, we will hold a Sankofa Celebration on January 9, so that we can reflect on the lessons learned, the victories won, and prepare for our collective work in the year to come.
The fundraiser will be held from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Northland Workforce Training Center, 683 Northland Ave., Donation: $50 per person. The event includes a spoken word performance by Open Buffalo Emerging Leader and social justice poet, Jillian Hanesworth, delicious New Orleans-inspired food by Manna@Northland, a silent auction, one complimentary drink ticket, movement music, and more!
Together, we have learned a lot and accomplished a lot in the last five years; however, there is so much more to do. As we enter what could be one of the most challenging years in recent history, we need unity, we need a collective strategy, we need empowered leaders…we need you.
Please join us, we hope to see you there!
Open Buffalo’s mission is to advance racial, economic, and ecological justice. We do so through skillbuilding, network connecting, and actiating leadership opportunities. Our goal is for all communities in Western New York to thrive free from discrimination and poverty.
If you cannot make the event and want to support the work ahead, contact our development office at (716) 243-8777 x 108.