"The concept of Sankofa is derived from King Adinkera of the Akan people of West Afrika. Sankofa is expressed in the Akan language as se wo were fi na wosan kofa a yenki.

Literally translated it means it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot.

Sankofa teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward. That is, we should reach back and gather the best of what our past has to teach us, so that we can achieve our full potential as we move forward. Whatever we have lost, forgotten, forgone or been stripped of, can be reclaimed, revived, preserved and perpetuated.

Visually and symbolically Sankofa is expressed as a mythic bird that flies forward while looking backward with an egg (symbolizing the future) in its mouth."

from W.E.B. Dubois Learning Center,Kansas City, MO

In the spirit of Sankofa, we look back at NMBCC Library history with a pictorial progression through The Librarians...





IU Archives, NMBCC Library electronic administrative files