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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


Chief Operating Officer

Carolyn Harris-Muchell, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FNP, RN has been a psychiatric nurse, specializing in children, adolescents and families for thirty years. She previously contracted as the behavior support nurse on over a dozen Sojourn journeys. She has a special interest in the transition and integration of children on the autistic spectrum into mainstream education and social settings. She has worked with community based health care organizations, managed inpatient units and is a private psychotherapist. She is on the clinical faculty at the University of California San Francisco, and a faculty member at various nursing programs. She has presented original research nationally and internationally. Her clinical experience and devotion to working with diverse populations, and cultural sensitivity, provides an excellent foundation for the mission of Sojourn. To contact Dr. Harris-Muchell: drcarolyn@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


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.

Sojourn to the Past provides students the unique opportunity for them to delve into an important part of America's history, which the k-12 curriculum either does not cover or is limited in scope; thus, the Sojourn living history lesson ensures that the struggles of the past, which contributed to the freedoms we all enjoy today, are remembered.
-Samuel Johnson, Jr., Board of Directors

Civil Rights Resource Center