What Is the Sankofa Leadership Continuum?

What Is the Sankofa Leadership Continuum?

Sankofa Leadership Continuum:

a through-line running from historical leaders of the past (e.g., the conductors on the Underground Railroad) to contemporary leaders  of the present (e.g., Queen Diambi of the Congo), to emergent leaders of the future. Melding together historical and contemporary reality, this through-line inspires activism, art, literature, ethnography, and research to fuel transformation.

SANKOFA Etymology
SAN: return. KO: Go. FA: look, seek, and take. 

It is this wisdom in learning from the past which ensures a strong future. The Akans of Ghana believe that there must be movement and new learning as time passes. As this forward march proceeds, the knowledge of the past must never be forgotten.

Join Mavis, Gail and I as we share our personal reflections on What does the Sankofa Leadership Continuum Mean to Me?

In the series we explore historical and contemporary figures who contribute to creating the future envisioned in The Cairo Question: a future where young Cairo does not have to protest in his lifetime for the birthright to freely and peacefully exist in the skin in which he was born.

Mavis Bauman
Gail Hunter
Anita Russell

Leaders Highlighted
Episode 40 

Contemporary Figure –
Her Majesty Queen Diambi Kabatusuila, the Woman King and traditional leader of the Bakwa Luntu people of Central Kasaï and African descendants of Brazil and Panama.

Historical Figure – Septima Poinsettia Clark (b. 1898), African American educator and civil rights activist. Clark developed the literacy and citizenship workshops that played an important role in the drive for voting rights and civil rights for African Americans in the Civil Rights Movement.

Historical Figure – Maude Callen (b. 1898), Nurse midwife. Black nurse midwives were a legacy system of lay midwives that served areas with limited access to health care services. Maude’s clinics trained Black midwives in the latest medical practices and treatments to care for those with limited medical access.

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