As part of its February events, the Kente Cultural Center works to educate residents on black history...and see how much they know.
This video shows part of the center's Sankofa celebration, an annual Black History Month event held at the Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School. It includes vendors, food, arts and crafts activities, and the featured Black Jeopardy game.
Run in association with the Black Engineering Council, the hosts pitch questions on a number of subjects. Who founded the Journal of Negro History in 1916? Who was the first African-American heavyweight boxing champion? Who was Time magazine's first African-American Man of the Year, named in 1964?
As for the question of where the Sankofa name comes from, it originated with the Akan tribe in Ghana and is a symbol of using the past to guide one's actions in the present. Rather fitting for something with a historical focus, it would seem.
How well do you know your African-American history? Check out the video to see if your responses are correct.