Our Signature Program

The history of America resides within our collective memory through stories. We begin our Pilgrimage to the South with learning and community building at home over four weeks of sessions. Then we embark on our Pilgrimage to the South, where we visit key locations in the Black-American freedom struggle and spend time with foot soldiers who lived history then and leaders of movements making history today. Finally, Sankofa Impact hosts post-travel community conversations for each cohort to enrich and support the work of reflection and integration. This experience is life changing.

Community Building

We begin our Pilgrimage to the South with learning and community building at home. We come together for a series of mandatory sessions where we learn from each other and about ourselves through respectful dialogue, reading and video assignments, and participatory exercises. We believe in the popular education model, in which every person in our community has the capacity to teach and to learn. We believe these sessions are vital to a successful experience in the American South.

Impactful Places & Spaces

Then we embark on our Pilgrimage to the South where we visit key places in the Black-American freedom struggle and spend time with foot soldiers who lived history then and leaders of movements making history today. Some of the places we visit include: Montgomery and Selma, AL; Money and Philadelphia, MS; Nashville and Memphis, TN. Along the way, we process together, support Black-owned business and restaurants, and ultimately bond closer as a group.

Reflection & Integration

This experience impacts in both expected and surprising ways. As we evolve through the journey, it provokes us to examine our own lives and why we act, where we disrupt, and how we resist. The Pilgrimage to the South does not end when we arrive back home. Sankofa Impact hosts post-travel community conversations and facilitated exercises for each cohort to enrich and support the work of reflection and integration. We contemplate, process, and create plans of action. 

Program Goals

  • Build a deeper sense of empathy for all participants
  • Build an interracial and intergenerational community
  • Experiential study the Black American freedom struggle in the United States
  • A collective full investment in all aspects of the experience
  • Building empathy among participants
  • Deepen our understanding of the American South

Costs

The cost of the trip is all inclusive, with the exception of airfare to and from the South. Food, lodging, ground transportation and admission to various sites is included in the cost of the trip, which can reach $4000/participant.

Sankofa Impact is committed to creating equitable access to our programs. If cost is a barrier to your participation, we offer a limited number of scholarships on a sliding scale.

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Due to the high interest in the pilgrimages, participation is a selective and intentional process. When seating the bus, we look to include a broad range of individuals with these characteristics in mind.