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For Immediate Release
January 20, 2014

For more information, contact
John Follaco
(585) 395-5159

Sankofa Performs at Governor’s MLK Memorial Program

African Dance and Drum Ensemble stirs crowd with its performance

BROCKPORT, NY—The College at Brockport's Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble was invited to perform as part of the Governor’s annual New York State Martin Luther King, Jr. Live Satellite Broadcast Memorial Program on Monday, January 20, 2014 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in the city of Albany.

Sankofa was invited by the Governor’s office and the State University of New York to participate in this prestigious event. Under the direction of Clyde Alafiju Morgan and musical director Khalid Abdul N’Faly Saleem, the group of 14 student, community and faculty dancers and drummers represented The College at Brockport, the College’s Department of Dance, and the entire Rochester community.

Morgan explains that the word Sankofa means “there is no going forward without looking back. Without our history – African, Caribbean, even American – we would have no idea how we got to where we are today, or how we can move on to a better tomorrow. This concept of looking to the past while anticipating the future will aid in guiding our state toward a bright future.”

Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble will present its annual spring concert for Western New York audiences in the College’s Hartwell Dance Theater from May 1-May 4, 2014.

For additional information, contact the Department of Dance at (585) 395-2153.

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