The Meaning of Sankofa

"Sankofa is an Akan term that literally means, "to go back and get it." One of the Adinkra symbols for Sankofa depicts a mythical bird flying forward with its head turned backward. The egg in its mouth represents the "gems" or knowledge of the past upon which wisdom is based; it also signifies the generation to come that would benefit from that wisdom."

Source: DU Spirituals Project

The Black Student Alliance is humbled to be a part of a family of student organizations that endured innumerable obstacles and prejudices in the pursuit of justice and equality for our people. Therefore, our logo and mission are uniquely designed to pay respect to those who have paved the path for us.

As a student organization, we seek to embody the spirit of Sankofa by learning about the rich history of our people and fostering an environment that welcomes diversity of opinion and experience. Our BSA family realizes that the black experience varies greatly, and we empower ourselves by celebrating each and every uniquely enriching story that our members share.

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