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"In the spirit of SANKOFA...Reach Back and Fetch your history & your culture so that you will take purposeful steps into the future."

~ Chadra Pittman, Founder & Executive Director

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Beloved, your LIFE matters!!

Today, someone woke up ready to give up on life. They woke feeling depressed, overwhelmed and they feel like they cant take another step forward. They went to bed crying... contemplating taking their life. They are caught up in despair and are feeling their life isnt worth living. Beloveds...Suicide is real.
If you woke up like this, please tell someone...reach out, ask for help. Please call the hotline...1-800-273-8255
Know that although you may not feel it...You are loved and needed on this Earth. Please talk to someone. You can rewrite a new story or chapter in your life.
If you've lost someone, I pray that you are comforted by the memories and that they are welcomed into loving arms of the Ancestors. Ashe. Aho. Amen.
If you know someone who has hinted about suicide and you are concerned for them, please reach out to them and remind them they are not alone. Beloveds...You are LOVED...you are not alone! Reach out for help. 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤 🖤 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤 Chadra 4 E.V.E.R. The Sankofa Projects #RemembranceOfThoseWeLost #YourLifeMatters #SuicidePrevention Remember this...
In memory of Stephen Carr Kratovil, Jr. ****All images are from Pinterest.*****

Friday, November 2, 2018

Humanity Extended in the Height of Hate Filled Times by Chadra Pittman

I watched earlier this week, a large crowd of "white" people in Pittsburgh kneel and turn their back on 45 bc he hasn't denounced white nationalism = Using your privilege to denounce hatred. Thank you. I heard on NPR that a "black" Baptist minister was going to have Shabat tonight in honor of the 11 Jewish people murdered in Pittsburgh = Kindness extended. Thank you. The Muslim community raised $ for those affected in the Jewish massacre = Compassion extended. Thank you. The Baptist minister said when that when Michael Brown was killed, that the Rabbi and members of the Synogague she is visiting this evening came to her church to offer condolences and to pray with the family of Brown = one hand Washes the other. Thank you. In the midst of the inconceivable insanity in the world, moments like these, if just for a moment restore my hope in humanity. 🖤 STILL praying for the families in Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Charleston, Parkland, Sandy hook, Columbine, Sandra Bland, Rekia Boyd, Tamir Rice, Philandro Castille...

Saturday, September 29, 2018

The Questionable Character of Brett Kavanaugh

"I like beer. Sometimes, I had TOO many beers...I still like beer." - Kavanaugh at the hearing. 1. So, I immediately thought-- Kavanaugh you are not here because of beer. Let's have accountability for your actions, which are in question. 2. I was wondering, is this an admission of guilt, in the event someone says you have alcoholic tendencies? 3. Truth is, no one really cares that you like beer, well maybe except your wife, children and friends who would be impacted if you are an alcoholic. 4. It is your character that is in question Kavanaugh, not your love of beer. 5. Now a questionable character, along with "too many beers" which might alter your seemingly loathsome character would indeed concern us. 6. I know wonderful, decent hearted folk who drink beer, enjoy beer but are not rapists. 7. Let's get back to your character.
I say, let ALL the women speak!!!! #CharactersMatter 4 E.V.E.R.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Guest Lecturer on Social Justice at Hampton Diversity College - July 12, 2018

"Creating safe spaces where the community can meet across our differences, exchange ideas and turn ideas into action, where the voices of the vulnerable and marginalized can be heard and are valued, where equity is the aim and privilege is examined and the intersections of what makes us human are explored is central to the work of my two organizations, The Sankofa Projects and 4 E.V.E.R. (End Violence End Rape in the 4 Directions of the Earth). The overarching theme of my life's work is rooted in social justice, working to obliterate all forms of oppression, and educating on the importance and necessity of acknowledging our shared humanity." ~ Chadra Pittman Walke
I was invited by Lateisha Handie, Executive Director of the Citizens' Unity Commission to present a lecture on Social Justice, Equity and Equality and I was thrilled to do so. I explored Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, Heterosexism, Ableism, Ageism, Transphobia, Equality vs Equity and reinforced the need for Intersectionality incorporating the works of Ancestors Audre Lorde and James Baldwin into the discussion while confronting and examining privilege.
Image below is from our interview on Round Robin with Robin McCormick of Channel 47 and her staff. Thrilled to partner with these powerful women who are working for social justice and the men behind the scenes on the shoot for this day.
The room was filled with a diverse group of people who were interested in learning about social justice, how vital it is to think broadly and beyond our privilege and being cognizant of what happens when social justice is absent. We must create inclusive, welcoming environments where we all have a seat at the table, where we all have a voice and where we all have the ability to succeed.
Thrilled for The Sankofa Projects and 4 E.V.E.R to have partnered with the Citizens' Unity Commission on this initiative and look forward to doing more together in the future. Programs like this, which are rooted in education, building awareness across the Hampton Roads communities and affecting change, make it easy to see why you should #ChooseHampton. If you are interested in enrolling in Hampton Diversity College, contact Ms. Handie at 757-727-6899 or latiesha.handie@hampton.gov

Monday, June 11, 2018

The TIES That Bind...Never Shall We Forget...Remembrance June 9, 2018

The Sankofa Projects' 7th Annual Sankofa Day of Remembrance at Buckroe Beach We gathered at the Waters edge... 442 human beings of diverse backgrounds, a myriad of hues, various histories and experiences...all sharing a common thread...a respect for those beloved Ancestors, the millions of Africans who perished on the Middle Passage and during the Transatlantic Enslavement Trade...we gathered to honor them. We circled our Tree of Remembrance, which had been cut down to a stump. Like the tree, we know just as the Africans were removed from Africa, transplanted to a new place, their roots remained intact, the roots remain strong. We, like the tree, with roots strong... we reached back and fetched our traditional African ways of drum, dance, pouring libations and placing flowers in the water to honor them. Beautiful expressions of song and dance, poetry and words on Domestic Violence and remarks from US congressman Bobby Scott, who has shown support of Remembrance the past two years filled the time and space. My work, for the past almost 3 decades has been rooted in giving voice to the untold stories and neglected narratives like that of the Middle Passage. June 9th, 2018 was a Day of Remembrance of the lives lost and for this untold history of what happened to the Africans who fought at the shores when the European traders arrived and those who never made it off the enslavement ships alive. My hand was raised showing the ascot of my beloved Father that I tied on my wrist. My father became an Ancestor on April 22nd and he was always by my side at Remembrance...and in life. I wore this scarf on my left wrist in Remembrance of him. Fist and Flowers raised for our beloveds and our continued Resistance against oppression, discrimination, racism and a disregard for HUMANITY. Remembrance was a beautiful coming together of our community acknowledging this painful past, celebrating our culture with hopes that we can eventually heal and move forward towards a better future. www.thesankofaprojects.blogspot.com

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Port Hampton Lecture "...Dying, but Fighting Back: The Myth of African Docility" by Chadra Pittman Walke at the Hampton History Museum

"A liasion between the scholarly and the grass roots community" is how Chadra Pittman Walke, Founder and Executive Director of The Sankofa Projects describes herself. From her time at the NY African Burial Ground Project t her present day work, Pittman Walke has spent nearly three decades committed to public education, community engagement and ancestral work. "Information serves no purpose if it only sits in the ivory towers of academia; the community, the activists and grass roots folk must be engaged in the conversation and have several seats at the table." Pittman Walke states.
For the 3rd year in a row, Chadra Pittman Walke has presented lectures to accompany Sankofa's Annual Remembrance ceremony on Buckroe Beach. "Providing lectures on Remembrance is important; as it contextualizes the ceremony beyond the spiritual which is experienced on the beach and offers the historical and scholarly perspectives which is crucial to a full understanding the meaning behind this historic event." says Pittman Walke. In 2015 and 2016, the lectures were presented at the Slover Library in Norfolk with a Media exhibit to accompany it and this year she will present at the Hampton History Museum.
In preparation for Remembrance Day 2018 on June 9, join Chadra Pittman Walke, founder & executive director of The Sankofa Projects, for ““Dying, but fighting back”: The Myth of African Docility, The Truth of the Massacre in the Middle Passage & Restoring Black Humanity through Sacred Spaces like Remembrance.” Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe once said that “Until the lion has its historian, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” In this case, Chadra is the historian, the lions are the untold stories of the African Diaspora, and the hunters have historically told only their version of the story. Chadra Pittman Walke is working diligently to change that paradigm so that the untold stories of these Africans and their contributions to America and beyond find their rightful place within the annals of history.
Like the name of her organization, Sankofa, which translates as “reach back and fetch it,” Chadra invites you on a journey back through time during this lecture. Travelling from the shores of Africa to today, unlearn the myths of African docility and that current events are impacted by slavery and the untold history of the Middle Passage and African Diaspora. This program is free to museum members, $5 for non-members.
For more information about Remembrance Day 2018, visit: https://tinyurl.com/ydgo9ubs The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Lane in Downtown Hampton. There is free parking in the garage across the street from the museum. For more information call 757-727-1102. Image Courtesy of The Sankofa Projects Visit Hampton, Virginia!, Hampton, VA - Gov #REMEMBRANCE #TheSANKOFAProjects
Join us for Sankofa's 7th YEAR HONORING OUR ANCESTORS and giving voice to this untold chapter in American and Global history. Hope to see you at BUCKROE Beach where we will gather to honor our BELOVED Ancestors who perished in the Middle Passage and paid the ultimate price for their freedom. Sage burns...Ashe.Aho.🖤 #THESANKOFAProjects