SANKOFA translated means "to look back and remember and learn from the past." It symbolizes one taking from the past what is good and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress through the benevolent use of knowledge.
This makes me sad, because some ppl just don't realize this. Allowing your friends to bad mouth your family is not loyalty. Choosing friends over family is not loyalty. It's no wonder why we aren't close. Blood apparently isn't always thicker than water.
Serving The Lord is different to serving others. When we serve others with no thought for doing the Lord's Will, we may finish up in servitude to others' selfish demands. Answers to prayer come often while serving The Lord in His Way.