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Team Sankofa
fka. Allied Media Conference Cohort

Team Sankofa started off as a cohort of Black UU and UU adjacent folks interested in social justice work that attended the Allied Media Conference in Detroit this year.  Their role, mission, and vision has only grown and expanded since the conference.  In collaboration with the BLUU Community Organizer, they are charged with the task of setting the focus, tone, and agenda for the Fall/Winter #BLUUMicro30 project, as well as being the living example of collaborative/collective work and effort for a signature BLUU campaign. 


[The name] Team Sankofa seems to speak to many elements of our process, current transition and continued work together. We attended the Allied Media Conference to get the collective knowledge that is not often accessible to us for so many reasons; #BLUUMicro30 is our way of sharing, educating and protecting our future as Black UU/ UU adjacent/practitioners of liberation theology and healers within our communities.
— Quiana Perkins

MEET THE TEAM

 Aja Davis (she/her)   Philadelphia PA

Aja Davis (she/her)
Philadelphia PA

 Antonio Ausler (he/his)  Springfield MO

Antonio Ausler (he/his)
Springfield MO

 Ashanti Spears (she/her)  Mission KS

Ashanti Spears (she/her)
Mission KS

 Atena O Danner (she/her)  Evanston IL

Atena O Danner (she/her)
Evanston IL

 JeKaren Olaoya (she/her)  Hayward CA

JeKaren Olaoya (she/her)
Hayward CA

 Lisa Rockett (she/her)  Katy TX

Lisa Rockett (she/her)
Katy TX

 Quiana D Perkins (she/her)  Ann Arbor MI

Quiana D Perkins (she/her)
Ann Arbor MI

 Whryne Reed (she, they)  Bloomington IN

Whryne Reed (she, they)
Bloomington IN

 Veronica "Rocky" Davis (she/her)  Katy TX

Veronica "Rocky" Davis (she/her)
Katy TX

 William Lester (he/his)  Tempe AZ

William Lester (he/his)
Tempe AZ

 Yadenee Hailu (she/her)  Tulsa OK

Yadenee Hailu (she/her)
Tulsa OK

 Paige Ingram (she/her)  Minneapolis MN/ Charlotte NC BLUU Community Organizer

Paige Ingram (she/her)
Minneapolis MN/ Charlotte NC
BLUU Community Organizer


Sankofa literally means "it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot." After the term made its way to the United States, African-American scholars commonly applied the term to mean “remembering our past, to protect our future."