"Sankofa" is derived from the Akan people of West Africa and means "it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot" and suggests that in order to move forward, we must reclaim our past. Sankofa is expressed as a mythic bird that flies forward while looking backward and is being used to represent the beliefs of this organization, that we must learn from our past to understand our present (who we are) and ensure our future.