Getting Sojourners Magazine to the Next Generation of Readers

Reading Sojourners magazine at historically black colleges and universities.
By Sandra Sims 6-24-2015
Lisa Sharon Harper, Dillard University Chaplain Ernest Salsberry and a first year student. Image via Sojourners.
Lisa Sharon Harper, Dillard University Chaplain Ernest Salsberry and a first year student. Image via Sojourners. 

One interesting fact about Sojourners history: when we began publishing the magazine, it was distributed for free on several college campuses. For the past two years we’ve renewed that tradition as part of a tour of historically black colleges and universities.

In February, Lisa Sharon Harper, Sojourners’ Chief Church Engagement Officer, spoke with students at four HBCU campuses across the country.

Commenting on the tour, Lisa said, “It was exciting to meet some of the next generation of movement leaders in February! I was so blessed by their passion for justice and commitment to their faith. Meeting such dedicated and sharp students is part of what makes my job so wonderful.”

The colleges visited were: Chowan University, Murfreesboro, N.C.; Paine College, Augusta, Ga.; Jackson State University, Jackson, Miss.; and Dillard University, New Orleans, La..

This photo shows Lisa (left) with Dillard University Chaplain Ernest Salsberry and a first year student who sought Lisa out specifically to ask for a magazine. (Yes, millennials still read magazines!)

Approximately 1,200 students received a copy of the February 2015 Sojourners and some also received the December 2014 issue. We are also sent 300 copies of the February issue for attendees of the Re-Visioning Justice in America conference at Vanderbilt University.

We are so thankful to all of our advertisers and other supporters who help underwrite the cost of producing the magazine, distributing them for free to new audiences, and attending events like these. Thank you for your support of Sojourners outreach, advocacy, and Sojourners magazine!

Sandra Sims is Director of Advertising Sales at Sojourners.

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