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Honors and Awards

 

NATIONAL ARTS AND HUMANITIES YOUTH PROGRAM AWARD FINALIST

February 2011: Sojourn to the Past was selected from among 471 nominations from throughout the country as one of 50 Finalists for the Award by the President’s Committe on the Arts and the Humanities and its partner agencies, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Twelve winners to be announced late June; awards presented by the First Lady.

NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION CARTER G. WOODSON (Father of Black History) MEMORIAL AWARD

February 2011: The National Education Association announced that it will honor Sojourn founder Jeff Steinberg with the Award at its annual conference in Chicago in June. The Award recognizes an individual whose exemplary accomplishments have made a signfiicant impact on eduation and the achievement of equal opportunity.

UNITED STATES CONGRESSIONAL RESOLUTION H.Res. 1058

July 2010: The United States Congress voted unanimously in the House to honor and praise Sojourn to the Past. Click here to listen to Floor speeches by Congressman Jared Polis (CO), Congressman Tom Petri (WI), and Congressman John Lewis (GA) commemorating 10 years of service as the longest running civil rights education and outreach program for youth in the country.

Click on either page to enlarge and read the United States Congressional Resolution.

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARD

Senator Barbara  Boxer (CA) established the Excellence in Education Awards to recognize and raise awareness of teachers, parents, businesses, and organizations that are working to make positive changes in education.

RESOLUTION FROM THE CALIFORNIA STATE LEGISLATURE

August 2009: Resolution commending the outstanding accomplishments of Sojourn to the Past authored by Assemblymember Jerry Hill and co-signed by then Speaker of the Assembly, Karen Bass, now a US Congresswoman.

THE JEFFERSON AWARD

The Jefferson Awards are a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America. They are presented on two levels: national and local. They began in 1972 to create a Nobel Prize for public service. Today, their primary purpose is to serve as a “Call to Action for Volunteers” in local communities.

Sojourn makes history, the present and future come alive. There is hope for the future because so many wonderful students participate in the program. I have hope; I enjoyed seeing the diverse mix of students. It warms my heart to know that you are making a difference in the lives of other. Now it is my turn to make a difference.
-Amitra, Professor
 

Civil Rights Resource Center