A Special Note to Our Community
 Our hearts are heavy as we reach out to you this week. To see our communities in pain and our country struggle for footing reminds us that peacefulness, when it rests on a false sense of justice, is only an illusion.

This week’s resources - “The Anti-Racist Reading List” and “12 Books About Anti-Racism to Read Right Now” are excellent, well curated compilations. However, we take issue with the idea that they should be read right now .

They should have been read - by Americans of all colors, creeds and economic standing - the moment they were written .

The authors of these pieces were giving us a chance to reckon with the truth of our history, before such truth needed to be shouted in the streets.

Unfortunately, too many of us did not heed their call. The shouting has indeed reached the streets. In the spirit of Sankofa, we ask you to look back at these texts, that we may carry their lessons forward into a more just future.
The Anti-Racist Reading List

The last few weeks, and really, the last few centuries, have been exhausting for Black Americans. The violent cycle goes: trauma -> invisibilization -> normalization -> repeat. How do we stop the runaway train that is white supremacy? There's no...

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12 Books About Racism to Read Right Now

Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Margo Jefferson grew up in the upper crust of Chicago's black elite during the 1950s and '60s. Her memoir-which pushes the boundaries of what memoir is, and brilliantly questions the genre within the text...

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The Sankofa Collaborative helps people learn about, understand, and discuss African American history in schools, museums, libraries, civic groups, and other settings.

The Collaborative is the work of five New Jersey organizations - 1804 Consultants , Grounds For Sculpture , The New Jersey Historical Society , Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum , and the William Trent House Museum . Our programs and website are made possible through generous grants from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the New Jersey Historical Commission .
Sankofa, a word from the Twi language of Ghana, translates to "go back and get it." It is often depicted by a bird with its body facing forward and its head turned back, holding a precious egg. This and other Sankofa symbols remind us of the importance of learning from the past.