Since 1982, Sankofa has held an annual Charity Ball. The tradition was initiated by Angel Baker '82 who wanted to create a network between HWS students and the Geneva community that would provide support for African-Americans. The benefit ball became defunct after Baker’s death in 1995 until Sankofa board members revived the event in 2006.
“We're finding out what it means to embody a movement at HWS. We're working hard to connect HWS and the Geneva community,” says Sade Jones '08, Sankofa's president.
In addition, Jones says this year's Charity Ball, called “Arts and Activism,” is unique in that it will serve two purposes: to dispel negative and misinformed stereotypes surrounding Hip-hop culture and raise money for Geneva Theatre Guild’s Youth Theatre.
Spoken word poet Beny Blaq has been chosen as this year's speaker. Other features of the Ball include a silent auction, a cocktail hour and a D.J.
Charity Ball will take place from 6 until 11 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 at the Holiday Inn in Waterloo. It is a formal event and all members of the HWS community are invited to attend. Tickets are $20 for students and $25 for non-students; they are available at the College store.