Sankofa Village Arkansas will be an intentional community centering Black healing, liberation and regeneration. We will tackle the intersectional challenges around Human & Civil rights, the Environment, and Health with thoughtful, multidisciplinary, and community-based approaches. We lean into the fact that Black American ancestors have always had a connection to the Earth, supporting sustenance, healing and ceremonies in response to but also separate from, and prior to the trauma of enslavement.
The vision is to create a multifaceted and Black-affirming organization located in Central Arkansas that invests in people, in community and in liberatory practices that will help us heal ourselves and the Earth. We hope to create solutions that are scalable and adaptable for others.
January 2022 - June 2022
July 2021 - January 2022
February - May 2021
January - February 2021
During this period we are refining our legal structures, drafting resulting paperwork, preparing a presentation for stakeholders, and launching S.V.A. Co-Conspirator Collective to harness collective energy and talents to further our vision.
S.V.A.'s 6 - month Community Collaborative begins meeting in July. Goals are to (1) shape S.V.A. moving forward (2) create a Black-centering space for learning and action, and (3) empower each other to make sustainable and justice-oriented change. Meet the members here!
A low land appraisal in April resulted in the termination of the land purchase. Undeterred from the S.V.A. vision, Danielle continued to share learnings (see blog posts), shifted energy to recruiting for the Community Collaborative, and took time to learn about other ways to buy land.
Danielle, S.V.A.'s weaver, launched a GoFundMe to help her raise funds to purchase 5-acres in the historically Black neighborhood Granite Mt. in her hometown of Little Rock Arkansas. Over 200 people donated and over $17K was raised!