Thursday, April 17, 2008

Sankofa Gardens Earth Day Fest: family fun from 10 am to 3 pm, Sat, April 19, 1651 Yale St

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Leia Lewis is a quiet young social engineer. Her institution, Sankofa Gardens (means "make progress" in Akan), lies almost in the shadow of the LSU Med Center. And it is a block from Pamoja Art Center and the Afro-centric shops at Linwood Village. It is a quiet spot in a shady neighborhood, but Lewis has created a dynamic program.

Sankofa Gardens is about educating neighborhood children in an old-fashioned way: with gardens and and crafts as well as books. Part of the Lewis approach is to reach out across the city toward creating awareness of and participation in the Sankofa program.

If you want inspiration in grass roots social action, you might attend the Sankofa Earth Day Fest on Sat, Ap 19, between 10 am and 3 pm. She promises planting, edutainment, arts and crafts and games. I can offer, based on attending last year, that you will meet a wealth of Sankofa-minded people, too.

1651 Yale near Linwood.

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