Sankofa Inner City Cultural League  39 S West St, Dover, DE 19904

Phone : 302-883-2180  Email :

 Inner City Cultural League, Inc. - PROGRAMS     

“EDUCATIONAL ADVANCEMENT THROUGH THE ARTS”                                                                                                                  
 A R T S   &   C U L T U R E  

Sankofa African Dance Company was founded in 1995 by Dover City Councilman Reuben Salters.  Energetic and exciting, Sankofa is comprised of a talented, creative selection of young people from Inner City Dover, Delaware and throughout the Central Delaware Area.  Dedicated to dance and percussion arts, this youthful company studies under some of the 
finest dance teachers, choreographers and percussion artists in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware. 

Steeped in the Guinea Tradition and the West African model of drum and dance, the Company was compelled to visit West Africa and get first hand percussion and dance knowledge from those we emulate.  Not satisfied with great teachers, Sankofa has traveled to Senegal, West Africa and The Gambia to perfect the dance and drumming skills that are rehearsed relentlessly  - by members and a dedicated staff of professionals and volunteers.  These student/artists have made Sankofa one of Delaware’s most sought after performing arts groups. Sankofa presents more than 30 performances annually, and has performed for such important events as the annual Martin Luther King National Holiday Program, the Governor’s Inauguration, Delaware’s “Positively Dover” African American Festival, and Princeton University's International Graduation Ceremonies.  They also perform in public schools, libraries, parks, museums, churches and a variety of public venues. 

Meeting for six hours per week to rehearse, Sankofa welcomes new participants from ages eight to eighteen years old that are willing to dedicate themselves to learning the art of African dancing and drumming.   African history and culture are integral parts of our lecture series designed to increase awareness of African and African American contributions to world culture.

 The African American Festival 
  "Positively Dover"  

"Save the date" June 20, 2020

The African American Festival “Positively Dover”, is a signature event for the City of Dover and the State of Delaware.  It is held annually on the fourth Saturday in June.  To find out more about this wonderful cultural event visit our Festival Page. >

The Sankofa After School Program

Sankofa After School Program is available for school aged youth, and provides a cultural learning experience as well as access to computer equipment, tutors and other educational professionals.             

Summer Programs

ICCL Summer Camp

Kids ages 8-18 were able to attend summer camp with instruction in the morning and outdoor activities near the afternoon.  Breakfast and Lunch were provided by the state of Delaware.  Instruction can include topics based off discussion or planned materials.  Examples include peer pressure, relationships, bullying, drug prevention.  Outdoor activities include outdoor games.

 Theater Arts Program /  Arts Instruction

Visual Arts Class: Classes in the visual are programmed for each Thursday.  Call 302 883 2180 for further information.


                                         (Previous Programs)

Prevention Works Basketball & Music Nights

This year Boys and girls ages 12-25 were able to come together to play basketball and learn new or familar musical instruments including guitar, piano or become apart of the Sankofa Orchestra.  These programs were sponsored by 
 "Funding for this project has been provided by Delaware Health and Social Services Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health through a grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service(SAMSHA)"  This made room for preventioon nightss.  On prevention nights the two programs would come together and discuss issues some people and their families have to face everyday from bullying to drugs and abuse.  Topics were discuessed, new material was leanrned and questions were able to be answered following discuessions.

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Quarterly Seminars 

Seminars are scheduled as Public Meetings and will be announced in advance for specific subjects such as
Neighborhod Watch, Money Matters and Personalinterest subjects.

Adult Activities

Will be reserved for Friday nights. Activities will be announced in Flyers, churches and at other community events.



Elementary Arts Instruction 

Initial research indicates that at an early age, people have an appreciation for music and art. The Inner City Cultural League, Inc. provides opportunities for young people ages 5 to 21 to explore their innate creativity and artistic skills.

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  Disease-Free Environment




Serving youth 8 to 18 years old, this is an extended Summer Program that covers an eight week period. The program is held bi-weekly and is measured by a pre-test and a post-test. Anti-Drug counselors, police, Social Service agencies, schools, churches, recreational programs and other agencies, collaborate to provide community youth with professional training and teaching.  The program is also offered to the participants of  our in-house programs each month.  

The Inner City Cultural League, Inc. provides administrative and logistical support to this program and is supported in turn by the Dover Police Department, the State Office of Prevention and Early intervention and the Dover’s Delaware Caring Community Coalition. Pre- and post- tests measure the effectiveness of this program. 

Schedules are announced in local media at the end of the school year and during the program. 

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 P R O G R A M 

  Martin Luther King   
 National Holiday Program  

 "SAVE THE DATE " January 20, 2020

Dover, DE 19901

This inspirational event is sponsored by Delaware State University, and the Inner City Cultural League, Inc. It is held annually on the third Monday in January. The celebration begins at NOON, and is consistently  attended by high ranking government and community leaders, politicians and an overflow crowd of attendees. National office holders, civil rights leaders and community supporters also attend this well planned event. 

A special portion of the program is performed by community youth and is entitled “A Tribute To Martin.” The commemorative speakers come from a list of well known national and regional personalities. A public reception, open to all, follows the program. While honoring the birthday and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, the celebration of this holiday, with a title , "REMEMBER! ACT! CELEBRATE! A DAY ON-NOT A DAY OFF", also serves to remind all citizens that the “Struggle Continues” to insure equality of opportunity for all people worldwide.

  B L A C K   H I S T O R Y   


February 6 & 7, 2020

 The African Diaspora & The Drum

This program was designed to acquaint the public especially those of the African Ancestry, with their rich heritage using the arts as the primary mode of teaching.  From Africa to the Caribean, South America to North America the drum has been the most binding element of culture besides cuisine.  This program featured reenactors of the African Diaspora including Jamaica, Liberia and Haiti. With performances from the Sankofa Dancers and Drummers, String Orchestra and the Steel Drum band. 

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What's on the schedule this month?  Stay up-to-date with activities by checking the calendar.

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