In their fifth year, members of Sankofa set a $50,000 giving goal

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Members of Sankofa joke during a photo shoot in the studio at the Times Free Press on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tenn. They are (sitting from left-to-right) Comelia Franceschi, Lakweshia Ewing, Karitsa Jones, Carmen Davis, (standing from left-to-right) James McKissic, William Jones and Shane Morrow. Not pictured are members Gabriel Franceschi, Wade Hinton, Shawanna Kendrick, Chantelle Respert, Chad Suttles and Rebecca Suttles.
photo Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Members of Sankofa joke during a photo shoot in the studio at the Times Free Press on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tenn. They are (sitting from left-to-right) Comelia Franceschi, Lakweshia Ewing, Karitsa Jones, Carmen Davis, (standing from left-to-right) James McKissic, William Jones and Shane Morrow. Not pictured are members Gabriel Franceschi, Wade Hinton, Shawanna Kendrick, Chantelle Respert, Chad Suttles and Rebecca Suttles.

What's in a name?

Sankofa is a West African phrase that means to go back and get something. It is symbolized by a bird with its feet firmly planted forward and its head turned backward, symbolizing progress informed by an understanding of the past.

The members of Sankofa, a local giving circle, pool their own money and decide collectively how to best direct those dollars to strengthen communities of color.