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We are Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past based in Youngstown, Ohio, founded in 2007. Our organization takes high school students on a leadership development, life changing, history immersion journey to the Civil Rights sites in the South. Our student leaders meet the “foot soldiers” of the Movement and learn the lessons of social and racial justice, nonviolence, civic responsibility, hope, compassion, tolerance, forgiveness, and not being a silent witness. The goal is to incorporate these lessons into their daily lives to become ambassadors of nonviolence and leaders for social and racial justice in their homes, schools, and community.

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Current activities:
  • Training others to do voter registration
  • Voter registration
  • Partnering with League of Women Voters and YWCA on raising awareness to issues of inequity and racism
  • Created an anti-racism workshop to present to various age groups when asked

Monica Beasley's Spotlight of the week - Penny Wells of Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the past

About Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the past

Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past is a leadership development, life changing experience that teaches students about the Civil Rights Movement and motivates them to become warriors for social justice. After taking the Sojourn to the Past journey to the Civil Rights cites in the South, students realize they have the power to make a difference in their own lives and in their schools and communities, and they can make that difference right now. This valuable program was created as a result of, Penny Wells, attending a teachers conference in Orlando, Florida in the summer of 2006 where she learned about the Civil Rights program called Sojourn to the Past. With the support of her principle, Marilyn Mastronarde and Youngstown City School superintendent, Wendy Web, money was raise and six high school students were selected to participate in the Sojourn to the Past Journey. That spring the nonprofit, Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past, was created.

“There are those who say to you – we are rushing this issue of civil rights.

I say we are 172 years late.” 

Hubert Humphrey
July 14, 1948

“Not one of us can rest, be happy, be at home, be at peace with ourselves,
until we end hatred and division.”
John Lewis
US House of Representatives


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