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SANKOFA: Rites of Passage Program


Sankofa is a twelve-week rites of passage program offered by MAD DADS National as an effective vehicle for youth 12-25 in need of soft-skill development, academic tutoring, and enhanced social development.  As a highly evaluated model, Sankofa has been replicated nationally with its most evidenced-based outcomes being documented in Omaha, Nebraska and Jacksonville, Florida.  The Sheriff’s Department of Jacksonville has funded and evaluated the model and found that it merits not only continued funding but expansion.   Sankofa (a West African word meaning to retrieve the past in order to live in the future) was originally designed for African American youth but can be culturally modified to fit any ethnic group including Caucasian youth.

History is clear as to who Willie Lynch was and his undeniable influence on the American slave system and its subsequent influence on African Americans’ psyche to this day.   Unfortunately, many Americans of all racial backgrounds have no clue as to who Willie Lynch was and his historical role.  The following 12 week curriculum is designed to augment the existing Sankofa model and be integrated in the overall program.  An outcome evaluation of the participants will be conducted upon the completion of the curriculum.


The 12-week module is designed to build incrementally  on the history of African Americans in the United States since 1712, the year Willie Lynch gave his famous seminar on the proper control of slaves.   As a successful slave holder in Jamaica, Willie Lynch was invited to the American colonies to provide needed expertise on the increasingly dangerous management of the ever increasing African slave population.  His coming was especially timely as it came  on the heals of slave rebellions that were only being suppressed by last-minute luck of frightened slaves informing their masters prior to an uprising .  The potential for even more slave rebellions was increasing daily and an effective methodology was needed to run the colonial slave system in the southern colonies of His Majesty King George III of England.   The 12-week module consists of the following weekly lectures that will culminate in a debate on the 12th week, entitled, “Resolved: Willie Must Be Lynched.”



A Component of the Sankofa Rites of Passage Program

MAD DADS National


12-Week Module

I. Introduction of Willie Lynch and his famous Letter of 1712

II. Africans in America in the 1700s

III. Africans in America from 1800 to the Start of Civil War in 1861

IV. Africans in America during the Civil War: 1861-1865

V. Role of Whites and Blacks during Reconstruction: 1865-1900

VI. Negroes from 1900-1954: Brown vs. Board of Education

VII. Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP

VIII. Comparative Analysis of Leadership Approaches of Frederick Douglas, Marcus Garvey, and Malcolm X

IX. Stokely Carmichael, SNNC and the Black Panther Party

X. Allan Bakke and the End of Affirmative Action

XI. Election of Barack Obama: End of Racism in America?

XII. Resolved:  Willie Must Be Lynched:    A Debate