The name Sankofa is derived from King Adinkera of the Akan people of West Africa. Sankofa means to “go back and get that which we have lost or forgotten.”
Rural African American culture in the Sandhills is rich with religion, music, dance, and storytelling. The Sandhills Sankofa Festival is an annual celebration of rural African American culture and heritage and was founded in 2002. The festival features African American music from the time of slavery to blues and jazz of the present. African dancing, drumming, storytelling, and fabric art with colors that are reminiscent of the continent of Africa are also featured. In addition, there are a variety of performing artist, visual artist, culinary artists, and vendors participating in the festival.
The Sandhills Sankofa Festival is a family event that celebrates and builds appreciation for rural African American cultural and historical heritage through performing arts, educational exhibits, food, fun and entertainment. This event provides marketing and income opportunities for small businesses and organizations. Complete the form below for vendor or sponsorship information.