Freedom Summer 50th Presenters
Marjorie Dove Kent is the Executive Director of Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ), the NYC-based organization mobilizing the local Jewish community to take action on today's most crucial issues of racial and economic injustice. Through education, grassroots political campaigns, and vibrant cultural work, JFREJ is committed to revitalizing a Jewish ethic of justice, cooperation and mutual struggle for human dignity. Marjorie comes to JFREJ with nine years of experience in issue-based, identity-based, and neighborhood-based organizing, from inside and outside the Jewish community.
Etta King combines her passions for storytelling, learning, and community building in her work as the Education Program Manager at the Jewish Women’s Archive. For the last three years, Etta has helped bring the stories of Jewish involvement in the Civil Rights and Labor Movements to students and educators across the country. Etta is a recent graduate of the Jewish Organizing Fellowship at JOIN for Justice in Boston where she honed her skills as a storyteller and community organizer. Etta also holds a BA in Education Studies from Brandeis University and has many years of experience in informal education and youth movement leadership.
Elana Kogan is the National Field Director at Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, where she oversees their the organization’s field-building work and has led national campaigns. She also works to support JOIN for Justice by overseeing special projects. Previously, Elana worked at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston as Director of Planning and Leadership Development and Director of Synagogue Organizing, where she organized synagogues, developed leaders, and ran campaigns in partnership with the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (an affiliate of IAF) and other coalitions. During that time, she also led JCRC’s strategic planning process and board development agenda.
Dr. Debra Schultz is an historian and the author of Going South: Jewish Women in The Civil Rights Movement (New York University Press). A Brooklyn native, she currently teaches US and modern European History at Kingsborough Community College. At KCC, she is involved in the Brooklyn Public Scholars Program, the Bridging Cultures Across the Humanities Project, the Aspen Institute Wye Faculty Seminar on Citizenship, and the Teagle Foundation National Community College Project on Civic Engagement. She has also taught history and women’s studies at the New School, Rutgers University, and Laguardia Community College. A founder of the Soros Foundation’s International Women’s Program, she served for ten years as its Director of Programs. Her international human rights work includes post-conflict transitional justice issues and gender justice. She is working on a book about European Roma ("Gypsy") women activists, part of her long-standing interest in anti-racist activism, and intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, and memory.
Jennifer A. Stollman is United States historian who received her training at both Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. After teaching undergraduate and graduate students for 18 years, Dr. Stollman decided to commit herself full time as an educator and activist. Currently, she is the Academic Director for the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation housed at the University of Mississippi. Focusing on the institutional mission "ending all oppression based on difference," she creates and executes professional and student development and workshops on diversity issues, cultural humility programming, anti-oppression activism, focuses on creating systemic and institutional change and campus crisis management as it relates to oppression incidents. She has shared her strategies, techniques and programs with several other campuses across the United States. She also researches and publishes on American history, college campus anti-oppression strategies, curriculum, programming and crisis management.