Spill the Honey™ is committed to advancing public knowledge of the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement and promoting human dignity. Through programs, sponsored initiatives, and strategic partnerships, Spill the Honey™ promotes cultural tolerance, draws attention to contemporary injustices, and encourages young people to become compassionate, global citizens.
Spill the Honey™ was inspired by the moving story of Eliezer "Eli" Ayalon, a Holocaust survivor who has inspired thousands through his service at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial in Israel. Before being separated from his mother in Nazi Germany, Eli recalls her giving him a cup of honey and telling him to have a sweet life. Mr. Ayalon cherished that cup of honey as a symbol of hope, and he survived. Fifty years later, Spill the Honey™ is commemorating historic moments with an effort to build a sustainable movement of compassion from coast to coast.
Spill the Honey™ recognizes and honors both the Jewish-American community's legacy of the Holocaust and the African-American community's legacy of slavery as it seeks to bring awareness of the historic connections between these two communities.
Like Eli's cup of honey, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I Have a Dream speech has stood as a symbol of hope to the world that we are capable of making the world a better place.
Through her work, Spill the Honey™ Founder Dr. Shari Rogers met civil rights leader Dr. Clarence B. Jones, a speechwriter and attorney for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Rogers recollects, “Dr. Jones and I decided to raise our voices together to rebuild the historic coalition between African-Americans and Jews. We realized that the shared pain and work between the Jews and African-Americans can be used to encourage and excite other ethnic groups to join us in our fight against genocide.”
Spill the Honey™ has participated and presented in nationally recognized events facilitating connections between people from different religious and ethnic backgrounds.
Global Citizen Award for Compassion - New York, NY (2014) - In collaboration with the Harlem International Film Festival, Spill the Honey honored Dr. Ora Mobley-Sweeting with the Global Citizen Award for Compassion. Dr. Sweeting initiated a campaign to name and rename schools and buildings in Harlem to honor African-American heroes. Adam Clayton Powell IV participated in the ceremony.
"Eli: Inspiring Future Generations" - Dr. Shari Rogers, Co-producer, PBS Documentary Film (2014) - A documentary film about Eliezer Ayalon of blessed memory, a Holocaust survivor whose life was an inspiration for the PBS documentary.
Media for Social Impact Summit (2014) - United Nations, New York, NY (2014) - Spill the Honey™ attended the Media for Social Impact Summit. An exclusive nomination only event that unites representatives with UN experts to highlight the power of media to drive social change.
Dr. William G. Anderson, DO Speaking Engagement - Franklin, MI (2014) - Dr. Anderson was the first African-American member of the Board of Trustees of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) for twenty years where he also served as President. He spoke at this intimate gathering to discuss the history of the Civil Rights Movement.
Voices of the Dream Awards Ceremony - Gem Theatre, Detroit, MI (2012) - Awards ceremony produced by Spill the Honey™ marking the Fiftieth Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, honoring Dr. Clarence B. Jones, Martin Manna, Arthur Horwitz and Bankole Thompson. Dennis Archer Jr. was chair of the event. Congressman Gary Peters and Colleen Peters were honorary co-chairs. Daniel and Amie Stern were the co-chairs.
Holocaust Memorial Center Tour - Zekelman Family Campus, Farmington Hills, MI (2012) - Visit to a Holocaust museum by over 180 middle and high school students featuring speeches by Dr. Clarence B. Jones and Shari Ferber Kaufman, a local community leader and second generation Holocaust survivor.
Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights Book Signing - Detroit, MI (2012) - Dr. Clarence B. Jones book signing for Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation, also featuring Dr. John Telford, Civil Rights Activist, and Gregory J. Reed Esq., Attorney for Rosa Parks.