In Uganda, a safe space for communal gatherings, inspiring conversations, explorative reading, and knowledge sharing is emerging. It’s a place for the community to delve into the rich tapestry of African thought, culture, literature, and achievement; the Sankara Pan-African Library and Café, a project of the NGO and charity, No White Saviors and Kusimama Africa.
From September 25, 2023 to November 24, 2023, UWaterloo’s Sankofa Network for Transformative Community Research (SNTCR), in partnership with the University of Waterloo Library, is hosting a book drive to bolster the inventory of this revolutionary library. Participation is simple! Purchase a book from the Sankara Library's wish list and drop it off at either the Dana Porter or Davis Centre library in the bins located at the entrances. You can also have it shipped to the Commissary building on Waterloo Campus (EC5 2816- 200 University Ave W, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1). The Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Office will ship the books directly to the Sankara Pan-African Library.
The impact of your contribution extends far beyond the pages of a single book. By supporting the Sankara Pan-African Library, you're participating in a movement that strengthens communities and amplifies subaltern voices while pursing the decolonization of knowledge. Since the Library’s opening in January 2022 in Kampala, Uganda, the number of visitors continues to grow, making it an important channel in elevating Pan-African voices.
This partnership aligns with SNTCR’s mission to advance the collective well-being of marginalized and excluded communities through international partnerships. Each book donated adds to the foundation of knowledge and empowerment that this library represents. It's a donation that will keep on giving for generations to come.