In 2007 two Saint Louis University students, Osato Iyamu and Rachel Tennial, initiated the idea for Sankofa. These students desired for SLU to have a ceremony that celebrated and acknowledged African American graduates, similar to those held by other prestigious universities.
It is important to note that Sankofa is not intended to be an exclusive event, but rather a community celebration of accomplishments in the collectivist tradition of many African cultures. These values and traditions are honored by the seven guiding principles of Kwanzaa.
Mr. Darryl T. Jones, Sankofa 2014 Keynote Speaker
Chris Walter AFAM Minor (left) and Briana Moody AFAM Major (right)
Briana Moody AFAM Major (left) and Chris Walter AFAM Minor (right)
Brian Shelton (Presenting 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award)
with AFAM Students and Dr. Stefan Bradley, Director of AFAM Studies.
(Sankofa Keynote Speaker) Mr. Darryl T Jones with Marissa
Price (AFAM Major) & Dr. Stefan Bradley
Dr. Stefan Bradley
Paul Anthony Brown (Psychology)
(Sankofa Keynote Speaker) Mr. Darryl T Jones
Divine William Shelton, Masters in Public Administration & Political Science
Rachel Elaine Tennial, Co-founder of Sankofa (Doctoral Degree
Ph.D. in Experimental Social Psychology)
Brittany LaKenya Conners (Masters in Occupational Science) &
Rachel E. Tennial
Rhobb Hunter (Communication)
Keilah Johnson (Political Science & Communication)
Dayne Malcolm (Philosophy & AFAM Studies)
Tabitha Williams (Occupational Science) & Tavon Wilson
Dazialee Goodwin (Psychology & AFAM Studies) & Paul Brown
(Psychology & Education)
Malik S. Brown (Urban Affairs AFAM Studies)
AFAM Studies Adjunct Faculty
Prof. Hatsephi Kushma and Dr. Anthony Witherspoon (Pastor of Wash.
Met. Amez Church)
Pictures of previous Sankofa ceremonies
Above: Osato (left) and Rachel (right). Co-founders of Sankofa.
|Manoj Patankar, Ph.D, Vice President, presented a plaque commemorating Il Monastero's history to Pamela Terry, president of Black Alumni Association, and Charles Turner, president of Black Student Alliance.|
|Jimmie Edwards, J.D., a circuit judge in Missouri and a two-time SLU graduate, addressed an overflow crowd.|
|Jasmine Scott accompanied graduates by violin with "Pomp and Circumstance."|
|(left) Professional Studies students Carmen Summers and Montez Alford before the ceremony.
(right) The master and mistress of ceremony Charles Turner and Tiara Byrd.