Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Quinton Sankofa | Co-Owner: Change Agent
Humanitarian, intellectual, problem-solver, relationship-builder, and serious planner are just a few words that speak to the depth of Quinton Sankofa. Quinton was born in Cleveland, Ohio and earned his B.S. in Urban & Regional Planning from Michigan State University.
Initially due to his love of geometry and science Quinton majored in Civil Engineering. As part of his extra-curricular experience he became active in many groups, one being the Multi Racial Unity Living Experience (M.R.U.L.E.), where he facilitated weekly discussions on race, class, and gender issues. After meeting Grace Lee Boggs, the revered community activist, during an M.R.U.L.E community-building trip to Detroit, he realized his heart’s desire was to build quality communities in solidarity with poor, marginalized, and oppressed people. The desire was so strong that, despite being three years into his Engineering studies, Quinton gave in to fate and decided to become an Urban Planner.
With resilient determination to continue to build upon his educational experience and social justice work, Quinton accepted the Leader in Community Development Fellowship from Clark University, where he earned an M.A. in Community Development and Planning.
After graduation a pursuit of progressive politics, African culture, and good weather led Quinton to Oakland, California, a place that has become his home away from home. Now with over 10 years of professional non-profit experience, Quinton brings an array of skills to Sirius Creativity, such as: leadership development, management training, group facilitation, and *fundraising.
*Quinton is a graduate of the Fundraising Academy for Communities of Color.
Martina Sankofa | Co-Owner: Social Media & On-line Marketing Specialist
A life long writer and deep thinker, Martina actively began linking her passion for writing with her interest in social justice while at Michigan State University, where she earned a B.A. in Journalism with a specialization in Ethnic Studies.
It was during an African-American Literature course that focused on the Prison Industrial Complex where Martina’s eyes were opened to the horrors of the American penal system. From that point on she delved deeper into her studies by reading the works of Angela Davis, Manning Marable, Michel Foucault and other noteworthy scholars.
Having intertwined her ardor for social justice issues and ethnic studies into journalism, Martina began to find her voice in covering stories that were not told by mainstream media, like the underreporting of missing/kidnapped African-American women or the ouster of former Haiti president Jean-Bertrand Aristide by the C.I.A.
Never really warming up to mainstream media due to their lack of quality coverage on important issues and their unwillingness to portray people of color in a realistic and humane manner, Martina began to work for alternative media outlets. It was during this time that she discovered the latent power of social media to provide marginalized groups with an opportunity to tell their own stories.
Her communications background is the foundation of her social media, creative writing, and on-line marketing expertise. Her work is characterized by strong passion, commitment to excellence, attention to details, and a love for reporting accurate and factual information.
organizational development and non-profit management consulting company
based in Oakland, California.