A new creation of CCC is the Annual Sankofa Concert. These concerts feature the music, dance, songs, stories, folktales, and other expressive arts from Africa and the African Diaspora, with emphasis on Caribbean and African-American cultures. The Sankofa bird is an African symbol depicting a bird moving forward, but looking backward, with an egg in its beak (or at its feet). It means that to make progress into the future, you must know your past and you must teach that past (history and heritage) to the young ones, the generations to come.
The First Annual Sankofa Concert was held inside at the Moon because of rain.
Based on the short film “Underground,” that won 21 awards in 28 film festivals and two student Emmys, our concert by the same name features original songs and classic Negro spirituals, choreography and a script. Writer, producer, director and professor from Tallahassee (a graduate of FAMU and FSU), Akil Dupont, is coming from Atlanta to produce it, with the help of our own Lili Forbes and over 35 cast members.
The musical is family-friendly and is a wonderful way to learn about the history of the Underground Railroad.
The plot (1850) is as follows: “In a story told through song and with dreams of freedom tugging at his soul, Bali plans to escape from slavery after learning that his master, Jacob, is going to sell his young daughter, Emala, to help cover the financial losses that he has suffered from a drought. The slaves strike out in the dead of night, singing Negro spirituals that they hope will protect them on their perilous journey to freedom and the Underground Railroad. Can Bali lead them to freedom, or will the master find them and force them back into to a life of servitude?”