In the heart of the Urban Core, the Kemetic Empire/Sankofa Initiative broke ground on their new multicultural center that will be located on Kings Road this week. “The center will be dedicated to preserving and teaching the richness and beauty of culture through economics, arts, agriculture, life skills and infused with a holistic approach of African principles,” said the center’s Executive Director Diallo Sekou.
Sankofa is a Ghanaian term that means “go back to the past and bring forward that which is useful”. The ultimate goal of the center is to improve the conditions of the surrounding community which has been stricken with blight, poverty and crime. The Sankofa Initiative chose the Kings Road are for several reasons including its dense African American population, cultural identification and the opportunity to take ownership of its resources in the surrounding area.
The facility, as shown in the artist rendering, will be home to entrepreneurial and life skills classes, art auctions, a community garden and will serve as a hub for community events and meeting’s.
“I’m proud of my team and the resources and help from the community it took to get to this point. Everyone here today is a part of history. We will be working diligently to improve cultural initiatives in the Myrtle/Kings Road area,” said Sankofa Initiative Cultural Center Founder and Executive Director, Diallo Sekou.
The 4,000 square foot facility will also house classrooms, a mini theatre, art gallery, conference center and a rooftop garden. They are currently accepting bids from contractors to complete the work.
The facility is targeted to open in Spring 2019.
Mosnar Nam Lrac, Malchi Beyah, Ashley McDonald, Black Commission members Greg and Lauren Cephus, Roosevelt Watson III, City Council member Garrett Dennis, Habitat CEO Mary K. Rourke, Diallo Sekou, Angela Sekou, Felecia Mitchell, Kenneth Covington, Angie Leatherbury, Shawana Brooks and Urban League President Dr. Robert Danford.