Memphis Benefit Dinner

Thank you to the over 700 guests who joined us on October 23rd to celebrate 25 years of Facing History in Memphis!

We heard from an incredible lineup of speakers about the influence Facing History has on teachers, students, and alumni. In the words of Facing History student, Lucia Montes:

Facing History and Ourselves has helped me and many other students embrace our stories so that people can know who we are. And most importantly so we can know who we are in this world… We have a voice, and we can make a change.

This annual dinner is a significant source of support for our programs in Memphis and worldwide. We are thrilled to announce that our supporters donated over $475,000 to the dinner, including $104,172 on Monday night alone! Your generous support has allowed us to train and support nearly 2,000 educators in Memphis and throughout the Mid-South, who in turn reach more than 200,000 students every year. If you have not had a chance to make a gift, it’s not too late to participate! Your gift will help bring Facing History to even more schools in the greater Memphis area and around the world.

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Keynote Speaker: Jelani Cobb

Jelani Cobb holds the Ira Lipman professorship at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is a staff writer at The New Yorker where he frequently writes about race, history, justice and culture in America. In 2015, Cobb received the Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism for his New Yorker columns, in which he combines the strengths of an on-the- scene reporter, a public intellectual, a teacher, a vivid writer, a subtle moralist, and an accomplished professional historian.

I write because a different world is possible—we must always remember that. - Jelani Cobb.


Silver Benefactor

Bronze Benefactor

Patron Benefactors

Leader Benefactor

Butler Snow LLP | First Tennessee Foundation | Just City, Inc. | Lausanne Collegiate School | Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare | Paragon Bank | St. Jude Children's Research Hospital | The Wharton Charitable Fund | Whitmor, Inc.

Facing History and Ourselves is happy to speak with businesses, foundations, and individuals interested in sponsoring the Memphis Benefit Dinner. Please contact Anna Kathryn Word for more information on corporate sponsorship opportunities.

Our Work in Memphis

From Memphis to Chattanooga to Louisville, Facing History and Facing History and Ourselves’ Memphis office reaches 215,000 students in public, independent, charter, and religious schools each year. Through Facing History, students become more engaged in academic work and learn to recognize and combat racism, antisemitism, and prejudice in their schools and communities. We offer resources, professional development, and innovative programs on topics including bullying, immigration, civil rights, and the events leading up to the Holocaust. 

Learn More at the Memphis Office Page

Memphis Advisory Board

Tina Fockler*, Chair
Toney Armstrong
Joey Beckford
Janice Berlin
Paul Berz*
Phyllis Berz**
Reggie Crenshaw
John Daniel
Jerry Ehrlich
Tara Engelberg
Tina Fockler*
Mimi Grossman
Kerry Hayes
Ann Hawkins**
Mason Hawkins
Carol Johnson**
Dorothy Johnson
Elaine Kaufman
Marty Kelman**
Daniel Kiel
Meggan Kiel
Jenny Koltnow
Don Levy
Joanna Lipman
Leigh Mansberg
Joyce Margulies
Erin Ostrow**
Adrienne Pakis-Gillon
Iddo Patt
Kimberly Perry
Will Perry
Doug Schrank
Glenn Sessoms
Linda Ellen Sklar
Joan Terry
Andie Uiberall
Monica Wharton
Barbara Williams
Rachel Shankman, Board Member Emeritus
Susan Mallory, Board Member Emeritus

* Board of Directors
** Leadership Council

Contact Us

For more information, contact Regan Adolph at [email protected] or call 901.452.1776, ext. 222.

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