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Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe

Named after the internationally acclaimed film called SANKOFA (produced by the founders), Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe carries with it an expectation of quality and discovery. Founded in 1997 by filmmaking couple, Haile and Shirikiana Gerima, Sankofa Video and Books specializes in literature and film about people of African descent around the world.


Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe is nestled in the heart of historic Georgia Avenue in Washington, D.C., across from Howard University and two blocks from Benjamin Banneker Sr. High School. With nearly 20 years in business, Sankofa has become an unwritten rite of passage for those looking to connect with the conscious community in Washington, D.C. We have hosted visits from authors such as Sonia Sanchez, Haki Madhubuti, Eloise Greenfield, Tananarive due, Sista Souljah, Ta-nehisi Coates, Chester Higgins, singer Solange Knowles and more. We are proud to be a resource for independent and self-published authors as well.


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