Thank you to the 600 guests who joined us on October 29th to celebrate Facing History and Ourselves in Memphis!
We enjoyed hearing from Facing History teachers, students, and alumni about the influence Facing History has on their lives. In the words of Facing History student Sage Scott:
I listened earnestly and told my truth. In listening and learning I saw the humanity in my neighbor and wished only to extend that to others. Education. Conversation. Compassion. The model always works. No matter how large the difference seems at first I’ve learned that the difference is rooted in humans doing human things just like me.
This dinner is a significant source of support for our programs in Memphis and the Southeast region, allowing us to train and support over 5,000 educators, who in turn reach more than 370,000 students each year. Thanks in part to a $35,000 challenge gift from a generous donor, our supporters raised a total of $445,000, including $100,000 on Monday night alone!
If you have already made a gift, thank you! If you have not had a chance to make a gift, we invite you to invest in our work so that we can reach even more students and teachers this year.
Engage Memphis is a youth-led social action campaign to re-engage and encourage adults to be civically engaged, and to use their voice on behalf of youth. Watch five students from Kingsbury High School chronicle the importance and necessity of Facing History's work in this video which premiered at the 2018 Memphis Benefit Dinner:
Stay tuned for information on the 2019 Memphis Benefit Dinner!
Dylan Wray is the Executive Director of Shikaya - a South Africa based non-profit that supports teachers and school leaders so that young people leave their schools thinking critically, and acting as compassionate, engaged, democratic citizens. Dylan has worked globally as a teacher, facilitator, materials developer, and author, including most recently of the book, A School Where I Belong, which outlines six areas where true transformation in South African classrooms and schools can begin. Dylan has partnered with Facing History and Ourselves since 2003, a partnership which has reached thousands of educators, learners, curriculum developers, school leaders, and representatives of civil society organizations country-wide. Dylan has also written about this work, including with a focus on the critical role of education to support peacebuilding and transitional justice.
Roy Hellenberg obtained his degree and Higher Diploma in Education at the University of Cape Town, majoring in History and Psychology as well as studying English and Anthropology. He has spent over 20 years as an educator in both township schools and suburban schools in South Africa. An ongoing interest for Roy has been in education in a post-conflict society and how it can be used to address the gross human rights abuses of the past. He has attended and spoken at local, national, and international conferences on this topic. Since 2006, he has worked with Shikaya and Facing History and Ourselves in designing and running teacher training programmes to focus on teaching methodologies that encourage the development of critical thinking in the classroom and democratic debate with the purpose of growing young people who are compassionate, engaged, and active citizens. Over the past two years, Roy has worked with Dylan Wray in running a whole school program that addresses exclusion and discrimination at schools across South Africa entitled A School Where I Belong. They have also co-authored a book with Professor Jonathan Jansen by the same name.
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Facing History and Ourselves is happy to speak with businesses, foundations, and individuals interested in sponsoring the Memphis Benefit Dinner. Please contact Regan Adolph at [email protected] for more information on corporate sponsorship opportunities.
From Memphis to Chattanooga to Louisville, Facing History and Facing History and Ourselves’ Memphis office reaches over 360,000 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.
For more information, contact Regan Adolph at [email protected] or call 901.452.1776, ext. 222.