Today is the first day of fall quarter for our friends at the University of Washington. Autumn means back to school time for many and Sankofa Impact celebrates and looks forward to a school year of promise and possibility. As we look forward, we also look back. Sankofa means that we must know where we have been to know where we are going. 

In 1973, Clive Campbell, aka DJ Kool Herc, hosted a party in the rec room of his apartment building at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx. Billed as a “Back to School Jam” for Kool Herc’s little sister, many acknowledge this moment as the precise time and birthplace of hip-hop. 

At Sankofa Impact, we recognize the power of music and just like DJ Kool Herc did 50 years ago, we are offering some back to school jams for our community. We put together a playlist celebrating fifty years of hip hop as a vehicle for social change. From Public Enemy to Blue Scholars to Noname, we hope you enjoy this education and Miseducation.