Support Sankofa Community Connection, Newport RI

Jamestown for Justice is proud to partner with Sankofa Community Connection to support this fundraiser.

Sankofa Community Connection (2 Broadway, Newport, RI) is a place of pride and a space that welcomes and centers the Black community.  Its Founding Executive Director is Niko Merritt, a Black businesswoman, mom of four, educator, activist, and Newport community member. 

Since its inception 4 years ago, Sankofa Community Connection offers events, like Know Your History walking tours and Black History month, as well as celebrations like Juneteenth, Kwanzaa, and Day of Renewal. It also offers community conversations, anti-racist and implicit bias trainings, Black History curricula, ACN courses through the RI Board of Education (beginning in Jan. 2021) and more. 
Your donation will go towards: 

1. Educational materials for young people learning Black History 
2. Rent and utilities for Broadway community space, which will resume hosting events post-COVID
3. Supplies/equipment for ACN courses through RI Board of Education
4. Eventually, hiring and paying staff from the community "so that I can help them get out of poverty, provide for their families, and get further along in life." 
5. And more! 


To increase pride of place within the African American Community of Newport County, through a community-led initiative with 3 main focus areas:

1. Community events and gatherings to increase our social cohesion
2. Community Meetings where we discuss the impact of institutional racism and racial oppression to promote dialogue and create solutions to the issues
3. Historical Education to reveal, honor and celebrate the cultural heritage of African Americans of early Newport

From the Sankofa Community Connection board: 

"The board members and leadership of Sankofa lives in, works in or are from the community that we serve. We are different than the traditional, larger non-profits as we look like the people we support, we have common lived experiences and are empathetic in situations that we have not experienced personally. The community has come to trust us, they feel safe and supported and we see them more like family than community." 

Photo courtesy of the Newport Daily News, from the Sankofa Community Connection grand opening.


  • Susan Kenny
    • $200 
    • 3 yrs
  • Sarah Berkman
    • $60 
    • 3 yrs
  • Ailsa Petrie
    • $50 
    • 3 yrs
  • Findlay Mulligan
    • $20 
    • 3 yrs
  • Sophie Green
    • $20 
    • 3 yrs

Organizer and beneficiary

Jamestown For Justice
Jamestown, RI
J. Niko Merritt

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