Sankofa is an Adinkra symbol used by the Akan people of Ghana. Adinkra symbols are graphic representations of popular maxims or philosophical concepts. Originally they were used to decorate textiles, but they can now also be found on pottery and woodcarvings and in contemporary architectural design.
The Sankofa symbol depicts a mythical bird which holds an egg symbolising the future in its beak. The bird moves forwards while looking backwards to the past. The symbol is expressed in the Akan language as "Se wo were fi na wosan kofa a yenki".
Literally translated, this phrase means "It is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot". However, modern translations usually render it as "One must return to the past in order to move forward". In either case, the message of the symbol is that we must learn from the past in order to build a better future.
Air Date: Sunday December 14, 2008
Special Time: 4pm Central/5pm Eastern/ 2pm Pacific
1.) Bro. William Pepper
Dr. William Pepper Talks About The U.S. Military And Memphis Police Department Involvement In The Assassination Of MLK:
More secrecy surrounds the murder of Martin Luther King than even that of the Kennedies. Most people still believe that James Earl Ray, who never even had a trial, was the lone assassin. Dr. William Pepper, who became Ray's lawyer, has uncovered evidence of the involvement of the Memphis police department, the US government and even the US Army in a plot to kill one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century. His book: An Act of State, The Execution of Martin Luther King represents a quarter century of detective and legal work.
In a moving turn of circumstance and historic coincidence, Bill Pepper, who today is an author and acclaimed lawyer who practices international law from London and convenes a seminar on interna- tional human rights at Oxford University, is the same Bill Pepper, who as a young man went to Vietnam as a reporter. He returned with photos of children burned by napalm that shocked the world.
Martin Luther King saw those photos in Ramparts Magazine in early 1967. Witnesses say that he wept as he looked at them. He asked to meet the young man who had taken them and thus began a friendship between Martin Luther King and Bill Pepper and the King family that has now lasted over 30 years.
This program presents Pepper's detailed, decade long investigative work of the crime scene around the Lorraine Motel and his discovery of the identity of the person who received the murder weapon from King's assassin and disposed of it.
His work also led to the identity of a second group of people at the crime scene. An Alpha One 84 team was in Memphis on the day of the assassination.
Bill Pepper spoke at a San Francisco bookstore in February of 2003.
Audio courtesy of TUC Radio http://www.tucradio.org
2.) Bro. Ed Redditt
Bro. Ed Redditt was a Black Memphis Police Detective who was assigned to MLK's security detail the last days of his life...He was pulled off security detail just hours before the hit on MLK because his superiors claimed that there was a hit out on his life...Mysteriously after MLK was killed, the hit on the life of Bro. Redditt was never mentioned again...Although he was featured on the CNN Black In America MLK Special, this current high school track coach and history teacher goes more in depth into the conspiratorial nature of the MLK assassination and he discusses scenarios which links both local and federal government involvement in the assassination...Bro. Ed also gives excellent and at times humorous analysis into the climate and environment of 1960s Memphis and the plight of the sanitation workers...
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