What Teachers Need to Know

“Sojourn Project allows participants to not just touch history, but to touch those who made history.'”

~ Reverend Samuel Billy Kyles, Civil Rights Leader

What Teachers Need to Know

“Sojourn Project allows participants to not just touch history, but to touch those who made history.'”

~ Reverend Samuel Billy Kyles, Civil Rights Leader

Thank you for your interest in Sojourn Project, founded by Northern California high school history teacher Jeff Steinberg. We take self-selecting middle school and high school students – and their teachers – on once-in-a-lifetime Journeys to the American South, and in and around Washington, D.C.

Sojourn’s rigorous academic living-history immersion programs introduce youth to the foot soldiers of the Modern Civil Rights Movement, learning, along the way, that they have the power to become positive contributors to society. Inherently capable of achieving personal success regardless of life’s challenges.

Educators participating in Sojourn return to their schools empowered with new strategies for teaching Civil Rights curriculum, combatting prejudice, and affecting thousands of students who pass through their classrooms over the years.

Students gain context for the Modern Civil Rights Movement and give testimonials at Stone Mountain, birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan.

Sojourners meet with John Lewis. U.S. Representative, Freedom Rider, Big Six Leader, Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient.
Sojourners meet with John Lewis. U.S. Representative, Freedom Rider, Big Six Leader, Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient.
Gather around Congressman Lewis as he recounts the brutal struggles he and fellow Civil Rights demonstrators endured on their "mighty walk” from Selma, Alabama to the State Capitol. “There comes a time when you have to say something. Make a little noise…"
Sojourners travel alongside Minnijean Brown-Trickey, member of the Little Rock Nine, Civil Rights Activist, Environmentalist, Peacemaker.
Sojourners travel alongside Minnijean Brown-Trickey, member of the Little Rock Nine, Civil Rights Activist, Environmentalist, Peacemaker.
Walk side by side with Minnijean as she retraces her steps through Little Rock Central High School, and speaks of the abusive treatment and racial slurs she was subjected to as one of nine students of color to integrate the segregated Arkansas school.
Sojourners gather around Jeff at the Lincoln Memorial.
Sojourners gather around Jeff at the Lincoln Memorial.
Inspired and uplifted by Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, etched into marble,
we challenge young people to consider how they can make a difference in our world.
Sojourners take stock at Stone Mountain, America’s largest Confederate memorial and enduring legacy of white supremacy.
Sojourners take stock at Stone Mountain, America’s largest Confederate memorial and enduring legacy of white supremacy.
Dedicating ourselves to nonviolent social change, honoring our differences, and contemplating what real courage is, while listening to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" address.

What our students & teachers are saying…

  • "Witnessing students discussing the complexities of the history and policies of the United States in our nation’s revered landmarks is one of my most treasured teaching moments."

    K. McNulty Middle School Teacher, Sojourn Alum
  • "Life-Changing. Transformative. Soul-Softening. Seeing myself as a sister to my fellow brothers and sisters in the walk of life of justice... and Making a gracious oath to no longer be a silent witness in every aspect of my life."

    W. Morgan Student, Sojourn Alum
  • "The goal of teaching is to be able to instill confidence and skills in a student to go along with content knowledge and relate it to the student’s life. Sojourn was able to do that with me by teaching me as a high school student more than just the history of the Civil Rights Movement, but to take action and be a voice of my community…"

    Pablo Aguilera Graduate, Stanford University, U.S. History Teacher, Sojourn Alum
  • "I thought no one cared about us. During my Sojourn Journey, I felt recognized, validated, and empowered for the first time. You could feel it. American Civil Rights speakers talking about their firsthand experiences and showing us that we don’t need to be quiet. Any one of us can bring about change."

    A. Vasquez Pre-Law Student, Social Activist, Sojourn Alum
  • "The students I met on Sojourn Project…received valuable lessons in tolerance, nonviolence, compassion, forgiveness, faith, and social responsibility. These are the concepts that will give rise to tomorrow’s social leaders."

    Congressman John Lewis 5th District of Georgia, Civil Rights Activist
  • "The most impactful thing was meeting Reverend Billy Kyles, because he made me realize that I do have a dream. All I have to do is believe in myself."

    Sojourn Alum
  • "…Before Sojourn,…I was closeminded and judgmental. My grades were suffering and I was lacking inspiration. From Sojourn, not only did I learn about the Civil Rights Movement, I learned about myself. I began to realize that I was capable of succeeding…I now attend college and am interested in becoming a lawyer or police officer…"

    I. B. Sojourn Alum
  • "The goal of the teaching is to be able to instill confidence and skills in a student to go along with content knowledge and relate it to the student’s life…"

    P. Aguilera Graduate, Stanford University and History Teacher, Sojourn Alum
  • "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."

    James Baldwin Civil Rights Activist, Writer, Social Critic, Grandson of a Slave
  • "…As the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death approaches, we need to recall his messages more than ever, 'Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity.'"

    Minnijean Brown-Trickey Member of the Little Rock Nine, Civil Rights Activist, Environmentalist, Peacemaker
  • "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Spokesperson and Leader of the Modern Civil Rights Movement
  • "I recently partook in a different program, with a similar theme. However, I liked your program more because it was such an emotional experience that really changed who I am as a person. I still think about that trip to this day and all of the amazing people I got to meet on that trip. I would love to accompany you on another trip and possibly teach a lesson with one of the staff."

    J. Manning Sojourn alum
  • "There is a difference between the remembrance of history and reverence for it. We are talking about truth."

    Mayor Mitch Landrieu New Orleans
  • "Sojourn Project allows participants to not just touch history, but to touch those who made history."

    Reverend Samuel Billy Kyles Civil Rights Leader
  • "If not us, then who? If not now, then when?"

    Congressman John Lewis 5th District of Georgia, Civil Rights Leader, Sojourn Mentor
  • "I have witnessed non-engaged students from my school learn and appreciate the value of education on Sojourn and apply those lessons upon their return to school…most gratifying…"

    California County Teacher of the Year Sojourn Teacher Alum
  • "Engagement with and between the kids is incredible. The preparation pre-trip gets them ready for something that's so deep, it seems beyond their comprehension, yet their responsiveness and comments prove how much they're not only getting, but how much they are retaining…It's also about a much bigger picture for them as young adults, developing a level of understanding other people that truly sets them apart – in whatever path they take. I'M BLOWN AWAY!"

    E. Pleschner Sojourn Adult Participant & Alum
  • "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that 'all men are created equal'."

    Abraham Lincoln U.S. Representative, Lawyer, U.S. President
  • "Witnessing students discuss the complexities of the history and policies of the United States in our nation’s revered landmarks is one of my most treasured moments."

    Karen McNulty Sojourn Middle School Teacher
  • "The most impactful thing was meeting Reverend Billy Kyles, because he made me realize that I do have a dream. All I have to do is believe in myself."

    Sojourn Alum
Minnijean Brown Trickey on Sojourn to the Past

PULLED FROM HISTORY

Modern Heroes: Fremont, California

Winter, 2017 —
Ana Vasquez, Sojourn Project high school alum turned social justice activist, and Santa Clara University pre-law student, spoke out on behalf of undocumented immigrants, drafting a document to make Fremont a Sanctuary City. The measure passed. We are very proud!

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