Sankofa Speaker Series: Tristan & Briayanna

DonCARES in conjunction with Mr. Forrest's classroom was excited to welcome two phenomenal scholars to return, engage, and inspire students at Simon Gratz Mastery Charter in North Philadelphia.

Currently, students in three of Forrest's Writing Seminar courses are learning about research, primary and secondary sources, and gearing up to write their research papers.

As the first installation of the Sankofa Speaker Series, scholars of African descent talk to 9th graders in Mr. Forrest's classroom about their particular perspectives as it relates to classroom material while inspiring students to think outside the box when it comes to academics, social, and professional pursuits and possibilities.

The “Sankofa” is a metaphorical symbol used by the Akan people of Ghana, generally depicted as a bird with its head turned backward taking an egg from its back. It expresses the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bringing it into the present to make positive progress.

Johnson is currently a first-year Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology at Howard University. Samuels is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Africology at Temple University. Forrest and his students were grateful to learn from both doctoral candidates.

The purpose of this panel was to have experienced graduate students share their perspectives on their field of research, their academic journey, research processes, and more. Our objective was to connect students with scholars, professionals, and activists of African descent to increase their curiosity while inspiring them to achieve.

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