Adjacent to the campus of Howard University on Georgia Avenue NW Sankofa Books has been a gathering place for students, activists, community organizers, professors and street historians since the late 1990s.
As a youngster coming up taking the 70 bus it was not an ambition to one day have my own work of local history on Frederick Douglass displayed on the shelves of the Godmother of Washington City’s Pan-African and Afrocentric bookstores.
During a recent visit to Sankofa we connected with a legendary 7th Street historian and throne seat poet who is considering a localized work on Dr. Douglass in the mid-west.
Moving into the fall and winter we hope to begin a series which will look closer and more properly at the history of American Pharaoh Dr. Frederick (Bailey) Douglass and a variety of subjects currently being suppressed by diabolical Eurocentric thought and scandal-mongering.
As local street historians our responsibility is to uplift the scholarship and the humanity of its interpretation and discussion.
Gratitude and respect cannot be properly expressed in language to Sankofa Books for uplifting and recognizing the local history of Dr. Douglass and for being a diplomatic outpost for street scholars around the world of the Douglassonian Diaspora.
Thank you, Sankofa, Georgia Avenue and all late night students and historians on the back of the 70.
It is an honor to be in company of fellow authors Master Historian C. R. Gibbs, Dr. Ida E. Jones, Archivist of Morgan State University, Jenny Masur of the D.C. Historical Studies Planning Committees of yesteryear and other colleagues, friends and mentors within the local Washington, D.C. / Baltimore history communities.