Niko Merritt is a Black Woman. Mother of 5. Activist. Community Leader. Healer. She is the Founding Executive Director of Sankofa Community Connection, a non-profit organization in Newport, RI. Sankofa's Value Statement: At Sankofa Community Connection, we strive to disrupt inequalities and injustice within our community and schools. Through our work, we will continue to bring awareness, encouragement and education to empower our community members that are not often heard.