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Middle School D.C. Journey

Middle School Washington D.C. Journey


Sojourn to the Past is unique, transformative and empowering academic immersion program that takes 8th grade students on a six day moving classroom journey through the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.

The academic Sojourn to the Past experience connects the 8th grade Language Arts and Social Studies curriculum while bringing the lessons of our shared American history to life. Sojourn’s educational approach incorporates music, text and video into a curriculum that introduces students to the inconsistencies of America’s founding documents with subsequent legislation and policies. Students will engage with lessons in onsite classrooms at our nation’s most important memorials and revered settings. The focus of our trip is: Struggles for Liberty.

Sojourn to the Past’s vision is to inspire students across America to become engaged community leaders who promote social justice through nonviolent principles.


Students reflecting through art in front of Monticello
Students meet with leading Jefferson historian/impersonator
Students take a guided tour of the battlefield from a leading Gettysburg guide
Picket's Charge
Students reenact "Picket's Charge"
MLK Memorial
Students reflect on how they can make changes in their own schools and commun
Lincoln Memorial
Students having a lesson at night in front of the Lincoln Memorial
Jefferson Memorial
Students having a lesson outside of the Jefferson Memorial
Vietnam Memorial
Students reflect at the Vietnam Memorial
Minnijean Brown Trickey
Minnijean Brown Trickey, one of the Little Rock Nine, speaks to the students about her role in the Civil Rights Movement and how the students can make social change in their own communities.
Forty years post the Civil Rights Movement, the struggle for equity throughout the system remains. As veteran leaders of the movement age, it is clearly our responsibility to insure that the vigilance continues. Sojourn to the Past is one such tool. Through a ten day journey that immerses and personalizes for students the historical dynamics of dominance, the politics of difference, and the courage of those who rose to the challenge, students learn the history of the Civil Rights Movement while they examine present day systems, individual behavior, language and thoughts that perpetuate racism and discrimination.
-Ethel Konopka, Found Member Board of Directors

Civil Rights Resource Center