Black Girls RUN!…it’s a journey, a sisterhood, a lifestyle. Black Girls RUN! is proud to present the newest collection of Black Girls RUN! gear, the “Sankofa Collection”. The West African symbol, the “sankofa” means, “return to the past and get it,” not only has symbolic meaning (as the two both bear the tattoo), it has come to embody all that the two stand for. The “sankofa” teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward.
The double sankofa, representing both Toni and Ashley, is featured on the Linda Racer Tank in a vibrant pink. It also appears on the Mimi Backless Top in black and grey. The Roxie Eco Fleece Sweater dawns the “BGR” logo surrounded by laurel leaves.
The collection features three different pieces, each named after an important woman in the lives of Toni and Ashley, and each garment has its own unqiue look, but the same comfort and style that can be worn in and out of the gym.
The “Sankofa Collection” can be purchased in the Black Girls RUN! online store, along with other Black Girls RUN! gear.
About the Symbol
Sankofa can mean either the word in the Akan language of Ghana that translates in English to “go back and get it” (san – to return; ko – to go; fa – to look, to seek and take) or the Asante Adinkra symbols of a a bird with its head turned backwards taking an egg off its back, or of a stylised heart shape. It is often associated with the proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi,” which translates “It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.”
The sankofa symbol appears frequently in traditional Akan art, and has also been adopted as an important symbol in an African American context. It is one of the most widely dispersed adinkra symbols, appearing in modern jewelry, tattoos, and clothing.