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Leadership Team

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Jeff Steinberg  founded Sojourn to the Past is 1999 and continues as the lead educator on the ten-day academic immersion journeys. He retired from a 14-year career as an AP History teacher/Department Chair in the San Francisco Bay Area to work full time with Sojourn. He has designed the Sojourn moving classroom experience with a rigorous curriculum for students that is aligned with California and national curriculum content standards.  Since its inception, Mr. Steinberg  has led over six thousand students through Sojourn’s living history lesson, along the path of the Civil Rights Movement, through five states in the American South. Currently, Sojourn to the Past is active throughout California, in New York, Ohio, and Massachusetts. Additionally, Mr. Steinberg makes hundreds of interactive presentations annually across the country on the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement and their relationship to current human rights issues and conditions. Upwards of 300,000 people have participated in his presenations. Mr. Steinberg and the Sojourn Program are the recipients of numerous state and national honors and awards. To contact Mr. Steinberg: Jeff@sojournproject.com


Steve Schulz is a graduate in US History from the University of San Francisco. His position with the Sojourn organization encompasses a multitude of responsibilities including management of all aspects of technology related to Sojourn’s mobile classroom presentations and immersion journeys; website maintenance; data bases; and social media. Steve supervises the work of college interns working for the program and his extensive background in history lends itself to the curriculum side of Sojourn including some teaching on the journeys as well as serving as an advisor to students who wish to pursue the college credit component associated with their participation in Sojourn. To contact Mr. Schulz: steve@sojournproject.com

Elizabeth Klein is a graduate in Politics from the University of San Francisco, with a concentration in Middle Eastern studies. In the past Elizabeth has traveled to Israel to study conflict analysis and transformation. Her position with the Sojourn organization focuses on research and analysis encompassing key areas in the delivery of the Sojourn program including student and program assessment, grant research, and clerical support to the logistics component of the immersion journeys. To contact Ms. Klein: beth@sojournproject.com


Key to the living history component of the Sojourn academic immersion journeys are the ten lecturers who meet and offer historical insight to the subject matter based on their personal experiences during the Civil Rights Movement. Among these are US Congressman John Lewis (young leader during the Movement); Minnijean Brown Trickey and Elizabeth Eckford (Little Rock Nine); MacArthur Genius Award recipient Jerry Mitchell (whose investigative reporting brought to justice the murderers of civil rights leaders); Rev. Billy Kyles (close friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr).; the family of Vernon Dahmer Sr. (who was murdered for registering people to vote); the McNair Family (whose daughter was killed in the Klan bombing of the 16th St. Baptist Church while she was in  Sunday School). For the complete roster of speakers, click here.

I wish everyone had an opportunity to go on Sojourn, because I think everyone should learn the lessons of tolerance and struggle that they can only learn first hand from those people involved in the Civil rights fight.
-Amy, former participant

Civil Rights Resource Center