The Power of Children: Making a Difference

How children can teach us about overcoming obstacles.

The Power of Children: Making a Difference shares the extraordinary stories of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White—three children whose lives teach us about overcoming obstacles to make a positive difference in the world. This exhibit encourages children and families to explore issues of isolation, fear, and prejudice throughout 20th-century history and today. The material in this exhibit is serious in nature and recommended for children ages 8+ and their families, and for school groups.

Through audio-visual presentations, original artifacts, and hands-on interactives, visitors will get to know each child’s story. Immersive environments bring visitors into the spaces where each child felt safe: the Secret Annex where Anne Frank and her family spent two years in hiding; the first-grade classroom in which Ruby Bridges spent an entire school year alone with her teacher Mrs. Henry; and Ryan White’s bedroom, filled with things he treasured.

Anne’s Story
Nearly every schoolchild knows the story of Anne Frank; her diary is required reading in many schools. Through her writing, we have a first-person account of a Jewish girl’s experience of the Holocaust: the fear, the hiding, the thoughts of a better future. The power of Anne’s words continues to reach millions of children and families. Through the exhibit, visitors can explore Anne Frank’s world and wisdom, while learning how everyone can make a difference with the power of words.

Ruby’s Story
The year Ruby Bridges was born, the U.S. Supreme Court charted a new course for the nation in Brown v. Board of Education, ruling that segregation of African American students in public schools was inherently unequal. Six years later, Ruby herself put a personal face on this momentous decision when she was among the first black students to integrate the white school system in New Orleans in 1960. The Power of Children tells the story of Ruby and the pioneering role she played in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.

Ryan’s Story
In the early 1980s, reports of a new disease called AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) terrified the nation. Even after facts became available about how AIDS is spread, fear and misinformation were rampant. Ryan White, a teenager who contracted AIDS through medication for his hemophilia, was expelled from his school due to his condition. His fight to return to school and live a normal life made him famous around the world. The exhibit shows how Ryan chose to speak up for his rights and dedicated himself to educating the world about AIDS and its victims. Ryan became one of the country’s foremost spokespersons on behalf of his fellow sufferers, and the power of his voice continues to resonate today in classrooms throughout the world.

Most of us will never face the extreme prejudice and hatred that Anne, Ruby, and Ryan encountered, but many of us have experienced discrimination and bullying at some time in our lives. The Power of Children encourages children and their families to reflect on the significance of these three stories and the brave actions of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White, helping to put these experiences in perspective and inspiring visitors to bring about positive change in the world.

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The Power of Children: Making a Difference is touring from April 2015 through March 2019. Dates are subject to change; please call for current availability.

This exhibition is fully booked. Please inquire about being added to its waiting list.

Contact: or (800) 473-3872, ext. 208

  • April 27–July 11, 2015 Fort Morgan Museum
    Fort Morgan, CO
  • July 15–August 11, 2015 Children's Museum
    Indianapolis, IN
  • September 1–October 20, 2015 Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center
    Buford, GA
  • November 10, 2015–January 7, 2016 Southwestern Adventist University
    Keene, TX
  • January 28–March 16, 2016 Alpharetta Yeargin Art Museum
    Houston, TX
  • April 6–May 25, 2016 Museum of the Mississippi Delta
    Greenwood, MS
  • June 16–August 11, 2016 Ouachita Public Library
    Monroe, LA
  • September 1–October 20, 2016 Cheshire Children's Museum
    Keene, NH
  • November 10, 2016–January 7, 2017 West Florida Historic Preservation Inc.
    Pensacola, FL
  • January 28–March 16, 2017 Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County
    Moorhead, MN
  • April 6–May 25, 2017 Louisiana's Old State Capitol
    Baton Rouge, LA
  • June 16–August 11, 2017 Refurbishment
    Kansas City, MO
  • September 1–October 20, 2017 Edmond Historical Society & Museum
    Edmond, OK
  • November 10, 2017–January 7, 2018 Springs Preserve
    Las Vegas, NV
  • January 28–March 16, 2018 Wakashie Museum & Cultural Center
    Worland, WY
  • April 6–May 25, 2018 Upcountry History Museum
    Greenville, SC
  • June 16–August 11, 2018 Historic Charlton Park
    Hastings, MI
  • September 1–October 20, 2018 Lake Jackson Historical Museum
    Lake Jackson, TX
  • November 10, 2018–January 7, 2019 Sioux City Public Museum
    Sioux City, IA
  • January 28–March 16, 2019 Ypsilanti District Library
    Ypsilanti, MI
  • April 6–May 25, 2019 Russell Library for Political Research & Studies
    Athens, GA
  • June 16–August 11, 2019 North Museum of Natural History and Science
    Lancaster, PA
  • September 1–October 20, 2019 Elmhurst History Museum
    Elmhurst, IL
  • November 10, 2019–January 7, 2020 Chippewa Valley Museum
    Eau Claire, WI
  • February 10–April 1, 2020 Wasilla Museum and Visitor Center
    Wasilla, AK

Exhibition Details & Specifications

  • Curated By

  • Organized By

    The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in partnership with Mid-America Arts Alliance
  • Content

    The exhibition will feature several freestanding units focused on thematic areas; a collection of objects, artifacts, photographs, and paper ephemera; audio/video features; interactives, semi-immersive environment settings; and wall-mounted banners and graphics.

  • Duration

    7-week display

  • Rental Fee


  • Support

    On-site support is free to the opening venue for every new NEH on the Road exhibition and to first-time hosting venues on a limited basis.

  • Shipping:

    Expense covered by NEH on the Road. Exhibitor will coordinate with NEH on the Road's registrar for all outgoing transportation arrangements.

  • Security


  • Square Feet


  • Number of Crates/Total Weight

    25 crates/8989 pounds

  • Insurance

    The exhibition is fully insured by NEH on the Road at no additional expense to you, both while installed and during transit.


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A person who speaks on behalf of others or their interests or works for a cause.

AIDS Memorial Quilt (NAMES Project Memorial Quilt)

The quilt officially started in 1987 in San Francisco as a way for people to honor, celebrate, and memorialize those who died from AIDS. It is an enormous quilt weighting approximately 54 tons and consists of more than 48,000 individual memorial panels for over 94,000 people.


National alliances, typically associated by a treaty, that provide friendly assistance to one another. Countries that were united against Germany and its allies during World War I and against the Axis powers—Germany, Italy, and Japan—during World War II.


An addition to or extension of a main building.


A hatred or dislike of Jews.


Ideas taken for granted as being true, even if they may be false.

Axis Alliance

National alliances between Germany, Italy, and Japan during World War II who were interested in territorial expansion and foundation of empires based on military conquest and the overthrow of the post-World War I international order and the destruction or neutralization of Soviet Communism.

Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights is the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Brown v. Board of Education

This was a United States Supreme Court Case in which five families from Kansas, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and South Carolina disputed the claim that segregated schools could be made equal. The case disputed the earlier ruling in 1896 (Plessy v. Ferguson) of “separate but equal.” The families argued that separate schools for black and white students were not equal to each other and that they could never be equal. The families’ chief lawyer Thurgood Marshall said that separating people made them feel inferior.


A spectator of an event rather than a participant.

Call-up notice

A government order to report to the police.


A member of society with rights in and responsibilities to it, such as political participation and obeying the law.

Civic Action/Engagement

These are individual and collective actions designed to address issues of public concern and making a difference in a community to improve the quality of life.

Civil rights

Equal treatment of all people with respect to personal rights guaranteed and protected by the U.S. Constitution, such as freedom of speech and freedom from discrimination.

Civil Rights Act of 1964

This piece of legislation was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson July 2, 1964, and banned segregation in public places and made discrimination against race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in the workplace illegal. The bill was originally called for by President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

Civil Rights Movement

The Civil Rights Movement encompasses various social movements in the United States and was led by several individuals between 1954–68 whose goals were to end racial segregation and discrimination against black Americans.

Civil War

The American Civil War was fought 1861–65 between the Confederate States of America (the eleven states that declared their secession from the United States and that are collectively known as the South) and the Union or North—the states remaining in the United States of America. The issue of slavery was the primary point of the conflict—primarily the northern states’ anti-slavery efforts to block southern states from expanding slavery into western territories.

Concentration camp

These were the “work camps” Hitler and his collaborators sent Jews to, which in actuality were prisons and extermination camps. Prisoners at these camps were kept in close quarters, concentrated together. The Nazis sent Jews, political opponents, and other innocent people they believed to be inferior to concentration camps where many died.


A written document establishing the fundamental rules and principles by which an organization is governed such as the U.S. Constitution, which establishes the powers and duties of the government as well as the rights and responsibilities of the citizens.


June 6, 1944 was the day the Allied Forces, which included American, Canadian, British, and Polish soldiers invaded Normandy, in France during World War II to try to capture Europe from the Nazis.


Government by the people or by their elected representatives, with policies decided by majority vote.


This is the forced exile of people from their homeland. The transportation of the Jews from Nazi occupied countries to concentration camps illustrates deportation.


A government by one person with absolute power not restricted by laws or a constitution is known as a dictatorship.


A written account of daily life that describes the experiences of the author.


The unfair treatment of a person or a group based on prejudice.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–68)

King was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and a leader of the Civil Rights Movement. He is known for his use of nonviolent disobedience based on his Christian beliefs. He organized and led the Montgomery Bus Boycott, protests in Birmingham, Alabama, and the 1963 March on Washington. He was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968.


The feeling that you understand and share another’s experiences and emotions; to “walk in someone else’s shoes.”

Factor 8

Factor 8 (sometimes referred to as Factor VIII) is a protein that helps clot blood—hemophiliacs are unable to produce this protein themselves. In the 1980s some Factor VIII blood products were contaminated with the HIV virus.


The systematic murder of an entire racial, national, or religious group.

Great Depression

From 1930 to the middle 1940s a severe worldwide economic depression happened. In some countries, the negative effects of the Great Depression lasted until after the end of World War II. High unemployment, the stock market crash of 1929, and other hardships characterized this period.


A genetic illness that is passed from mother to son that results in an impairment of the body’s ability to stop bleeding or clot blood.

Adolf Hitler (1889–1945)

The leader of the Nazi Party who rose to power on a platform of anti-Communism, anti-Semitism, and nationalism following Germany’s defeat in World War I.

Hitler Youth

This was the Nazi Party’s young person’s organization that served as a paramilitary group and indoctrinated young Germans with Nazi racist propaganda.


Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome is the most advanced stage of Human Immunodeficiency Virus, a virus that replicates within cells and disables the cells’ defense against infection. Children with HIV/AIDS are particularly vulnerable to illness from otherwise harmless or rare infections. HIV/AIDS is transmitted only through contact with other infected human body fluids: blood, saliva, etc.


A term from the Greek word holos plus the Greek word kaustos, meaning completely burned by sacrificial fire. The Holocaust became the name for the systematic persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazis during World War II.


The systematic murder of an entire racial, national, or religious group.

Immune system

A complex network of organs, tissues, specialized cells, and cell products, such as antibodies, that work together to protect the body from potentially infectious diseases.


Someone whose religion is Judaism, who is descended from Jewish people or who participates in the culture surrounding Judaism.

Jim Crow

This term reflects a series of rigid anti-black laws, beliefs, and a way of life in the segregated racial South based on racist assumption that whites were superior to blacks. This set of beliefs kept blacks separate and unequal in status from whites—they couldn’t eat in the same place, use the same drinking fountain, school, ride in the front of a car or bus etc.

Little Rock Nine

The Little Rock Nine were nine African American students enrolled in Little Rock’s Central High School in 1957 who were involved with desegregating Central High. The governor of Arkansas called the Arkansas National Guard to block their entrance to school in 1957 in defiance of the federal order to desegregate. President Eisenhower sent a U.S. Army division to escort the students to school for the entire school year.

March on Washington

This was one of the largest human rights rallies in the United States and took place in August of 1963 in Washington D.C. The rally was for economic and civil rights for African Americans and was organized by religious, civil rights, and labor organizations under the theme of jobs and freedom. Dr. Martin Luther King spoke at the rally on the Mall in Washington.


A story that is often popularly believed but is not supported by facts.


The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is an organization that has sought equal rights for all men and women since 1909. The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. The NAACP was instrumental in lobbying for integration and passage of the Civil Rights Acts of 1957, 1964, and 1968.

NSDAP (National Socialist German Worker’s Party)

This acroynym is commonly known as the Nazi Party and it emerged from post World War I Germany. The Nazis sought to exterminate people they considered degenerate that included Jews, homosexuals, blacks, gypsies, physically and mentally handicapped individuals and any political opponents (Communists and Social Democrats) to the Nazi party.


A type of legislature, such as in the United Kingdom, made up of elected or appointment citizens who vote on laws for an entire country.


The persistent mistreatment of a person or group of people based on race, religion, or politics.

Power of Children Awards

These awards were created in 2005 by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis to align with the museum’s mission and in relation to the Power of Children exhibition. The awards recognize youth grades six through eleven that make significant contributions and create important projects to benefit others through public service and demonstrated social responsibility. The awardees receive a $2000 grant to continue their work, and a four-year post-secondary scholarship to a participating institution of higher learning.


An unfair feeling or bias that prevents objective consideration of an issue or person; a pre-judgment or dislike made without benefit of knowing all the facts often based on issues of gender, religion, or race.


A pledge or commitment to do or not do a particular thing in the future.


Persuasive but not necessarily factual information spread for the purpose of promoting a specific idea or cause.


A belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and abilities; Racial discrimination and prejudice.


The benefits of participation and security guaranteed to a citizen in a group or society.

Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act

Congress passed a bill in 1990 which helps people with AIDS pay their medical bills and President Obama reauthorized the bill in 2009 (now known as the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program).


This acronym stands for Hitler’s Special Squadron (Schutzstaffel in German) who were the large security organization for the Nazi Party. The SS enforced the law.


A person who is unfairly blamed for something that others have done.

School Integration

In 1954, the Supreme Court overturned the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson ruling of “separate but equal.” The 1954 Brown v. Board of Education court case declared that separate schools are inherently unequal and that schools must desegregate.


The practice of keeping people of different races, religions, etc. separate from each other.


This was a farming system that began in the South after the Civil War ended and lasted in the United States until the 1950s. Sharecroppers rented land from a landowner, and as a payment, the landowner would receive a share of the crop.

Social responsibility

This is an ethical framework that suggests individuals or organizations have a duty to be concerned with issues or act on behalf of society at large.


A stereotype is an unfair belief based on a particular characteristic; that all people or things are the same etc.


This is an ancient symbol in the form of a cross with the end of the arms bent at right angles in the same direction that has been used for over three thousand years in many cultures. The name came from Sanskrit meaning “good” and represented power, life, the sun, and good luck. In Germany in the early 20th century, various groups incorporated the swastika but the Nazi Party integrated it into its flag and it became their official emblem which changed its connotation—as it was then associated with hate, anti-Semitism, death, and murder.


A Jewish house of worship or congregation.

World War II

The Second World War (1939–45) was composed of two opposing military alliances the Allies (an anti-German coalition) and the Axis (Germany, Japan, and Italy).

Exhibition Reference Materials

To download this bibliography, click here.

Materials accompanying the exhibition are marked with an asterisk (*).

Books for Adults, Related to Anne Frank

Bartov, Omer. Hitler’s Army: Soldiers, Nazis, and War in the Third Reich. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Bergen, Doris L. War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2009.

*Frank, Anne. The Diary of a Young Girl. Edited by Otto Frank and Mirjan Pressler. New York: Doubleday, 1995.

Friedländer, Saul. Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1933–1945. New York: Harper Perennial, 2009.

Gies, Miep and Allison Leslie Gold. Anne Frank Remembered: The Story of the Woman Who Helped to Hide the Frank Family. New York: Simon and Schuster Paperbacks, 1987.

Goldstein, Phyllis. A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism. Brookline: Facing History and Ourselves, 2012.

Holliday, Laurel. Children in the Holocaust and World War II. New York: Washington Square Press, 1995.

Johnson, Eric A. and Karl-Heinz Reuband. What We Knew: Terror, Mass Murder, and Everyday Life in Nazi Germany. New York: Basic Books, 2006.

Kardonne, Rick and Eda Shapiro. Victor Kugler: The Man Who Hid Anne Frank. New York: Gefen Publishing, 2008.

Kershaw, Ian. Hitler: A Biography. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2010.

Krell, Robert. Child Holocaust Survivors: Memories and Reflections. Trafford Publishing, 2007.

Langbein, Hermann. People in Auschwitz. Translated by Harry Zohn. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

Lee, Carol Ann. The Hidden Life of Otto Frank. New York: Perennial, 2003.

Lindwer, Willy. The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank. New York: First Anchor, 1992.

Luckert, Steven and Susan Bachrach. State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 2009.

McMillian, Dan. How Could This Happen: Explaining the Holocaust. New York: Basic Books, 2014.

*Meltzer, Milton. Never to Forget: The Jews of the Holocaust. New York: HarperCollins, 1991.

*Müller, Melissa. Anne Frank: The Biography. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2013.

Prager, Dennis and Joseph Telushkin. Why the Jews?: The Reason for Antisemitism. New York: Touchstone, 2003.

Prose, Francine. Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife. New York: Harper Perennial, 2009.

Steinbacher, Sybille. Auschwitz: A History. New York: Harper Collins, 2013.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Teaching About the Holocaust: A Resource Book for Educators. Diane Publishing Company, 2004.

Valent, Paul. Child Survivors of the Holocaust. New York: Brunner-Routledge, 2002.

*Volavkova, Hana, ed. I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children’s Drawings and Poems from the Terezin Concentration Camp, 1942–1944, 2nd ed. New York: Schocken Books, 1994.

Weinberg, Gerhard. Germany, Hitler, and World War II. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Wiesel, Elie. Night. New York: Hill and Wang. 2006.

Westra, Hans. Inside Anne Frank’s House: An Illustrated Journey Through Anne’s World. London: Overlook Duckworth, 2004.

Williamson, Gordon. The SS: Hitler’s Instrument of Terror. New York: Chartwell Books, 2013.

Wistrich, Robert. Hitler and the Holocaust. New York: Modern Library, 2001.

Books for Younger Readers, Related to Anne Frank

*Abramson, Ann. Who Was Anne Frank? New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 2007.

Adler, David A. A Picture Book of Anne Frank. Holiday House, 1994.

*Anne Frank House. Anne Frank: Her Life in Words and Pictures. New York: Roaring Book Press, 2009.

Auerbacher, Inge. I Am a Star: Child of the Holocaust. New York: Puffin Books, 1993.

Colbert, David. Anne Frank: 10 Days. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 2008.

Denenberg, Barry. Shadow Life: A Portrait of Anne Frank and Her Family. New York: Scholastic, 2005.

Fitzgerald, Stephanie. Children of the Holocaust. Mankato: Compass Point Books, 2011.

Fox, Anne and Eva Abraham-Podietz. Ten Thousand Children: True Stories Told by Children Who Escaped the Holocaust on the Kindertransport. West Orange: Behrman House, Inc., 1999.

Greenfeld, Howard. The Hidden Children. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1993.

Hoefnagel, Marian. Anne Frank: Her Life. London: Evans Brothers, 2009.

Holliday, Laurel. Children in the Holocaust and World War II. New York: Washington Square Press, 1995.

Hollingsworth, Tamara Leigh. Anne Frank: A Light in the Dark. Teacher Created Materials, 2012.

Hurwitz, Johanna. Anne Frank: Life in Hiding. New York: Avon Books, Inc., 1999.

Jacobson, Sid and Ernie Colón. Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography. New York: Hill and Wang, 2010.

Kennon, Caroline. Anne Frank in Her Own Words. New York: Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2014.

Kramer, Ann. Anne Frank: The Young Writer Who Told the World Her Story. Washington D.C., National Geographic Children’s Books, 2009.

Lawton, Clive A. Auschwitz: The Story of a Nazi Death Camp. Somerville: Candlewick Press, 2002.

Lee, Carol Ann. Anne Frank and the Children of the Holocaust. New York: Puffin Books, 2008.

Pressler, Mirjam. Anne Frank: A Hidden Life. Translated by Anthea Bell. New York: Puffin Books, 2001.

Price, Sean. Adolf Hitler. New York: Scholastic, Inc., 2010.

Sawyer, Kern Knapp. Anne Frank: A Photographic Story of a Life. New York: DK Publishing, 2004.

Thomson, Ruth. Terezin: Voices from the Holocaust. Somerville: Candlewick Press, 2011.

Van der Rol, Ruud and Rian Verhoeven. Anne Frank: Beyond the Diary, A Photographic Remembrance. New York: Puffin Books, 1995.

Wood, Angela Gluck. Holocaust. New York: DK Publishing, 2011.

Zullo, Allan. Escape: Children of the Holocaust. New York: Scholastic Inc., 2011.

Books for Adults, Related to Ruby Bridges

Armstrong, Julie Buckner, Susan Hult Edwards, Houston Bryan Roberson, and Rhonda Y. Williams, eds. Teaching the American Civil Rights Movement: Freedom’s Bittersweet Song. New York: Routledge, 2002.

Branch, Taylor. The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2013.

Carson, Clayborne, David J. Garrow, Gerald Gill, Vincent Harding, and Darlene Clark Hine, eds. The Eyes on the Prize Civil Rights Reader: Documents, Speeches, and Firsthand Accounts From the Black Freedom Struggle. New York: Paw Prints, 2008.

Cottrol, Robert J., Raymond T. Diamond, ad Leland B. Ware. Brown v. Board of Education: Caste, Culture, and the Constitution. Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 2003.

Davis, Jack E., ed. The Civil Rights Movement. Malden: Blackwell Publishers Ltd., 2001.

Gold, Susan Dudley. Brown v. Board of Education: Separate But Equal? Regina: Benchmark Press, 2005.

Hampton, Henry and Steve Fayer. Voices of Freedom: An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s through the 1980s. New York: Bantam Books, 1991.

Kasher, Steven. The Civil Rights Movements: A Photographic History, 1954-68. New York: Abbeville Press, 1996.

Klarman, Michael J. Brown v. Board of Education and the Civil Rights Movement. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Patterson, Nick. Birmingham Foot Soldiers: Voices from the Civil Rights Movement. Charleston: The History Press, 2014.

Walker, Vanessa Siddle. Their Highest Potential: An African American School Community in the Segregated South. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1996.

*Williams, Juan. Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965. New York: Penguin, 2013.

Young, Andrew. An Easy Burden: The Civil Rights Movement and the Transformation of America. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2008.

Books for Younger Readers, Related to Ruby Bridges

Adamson, Heather. The Civil Rights Movement: An Interactive History Adventure. Mankato, Minnesota: Capstone, 2009.

*Bridges, Ruby. Through My Eyes. Edited by Margo Lundell. New York: Scholastic, Inc., 1999.

*Coles, Robert. The Story of Ruby Bridges. New York: Scholastic, Inc., 1995.

*Conklin, Wendy. Civil Rights Movement. Huntington Beach: Teacher Created Materials Publishing, 2008.

Donaldson, Madeline. Ruby Bridges. Minneapolis: Lerner Publishing Group, Inc., 2009.

Good, Diane L. Brown v. Board of Education. New York: Children’s Press, 2004.

Higgins, Nadia and Robert L. McConnell. The Split History of the Civil Rights Movement: A Perspectives Flip Book. Mankato: Compass Point Books, 2014.

Hinton, KaaVonia. Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, 1954. Hockessin, Delaware: Mitchell Lane, 2010.

Hinton, KaaVonia. Desegregating America’s Schools. Hockessin: Mitchell Lange Publishing, Inc., 2009.

Levine, Ellen. Freedom’s Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories. New York: Puffin Books, 2000.

McWhorter, Diane. A Dream of Freedom: The Civil Rights Movements From 1954-1968. New York: Scholastic, 2004.

*Morrison, Toni. Remember: The Journey to School Integration. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004

*Osborne, Linda Barrett. Miles to Go For Freedom: Segregation and Civil Rights in the Jim Crow Years. New York: Abrams, 2012.

Thomas, Joyce Carol. Linda Brown, You Are Not Alone: The Brown v. Board of Education Decision. Jump At the Sun Publishing, 2003.

Turck, Mary C. The Civil Rights Movement for Kids: A History with 21 Activities. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2000.

Books for Adults, Related to Ryan White

Decker, Shawn. My Pet Virus: The True Story of a Rebel Without a Cure. New York: Penguin Books, 2006.

Feldman, Douglas A. and Julia Wang Miller, eds. The AIDS Crisis: A Documentary History. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1998.

Shenton, Joan. Positively False: Exposing the Myths around HIV and AIDS. London: I.B. Tauris, 1998.

White, Jeanne and Susan Dworkin. Weeding Out the Tears: A Mother’s Story of Love, Loss, and Renewal. Avon Books, 1997.

*White, Ryan and Ann Marie Cunningham. Ryan White: My Own Story. New York: Signet, 1991.

*Whiteside, Alan. HIV/AIDS: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Books for a Younger Audience, Related to Ryan White

*Raum, Elizabeth. I Know Someone with HIV/AIDS. Chicago: Heinemann First Library, 2011.

*Simons, Rae. A Kid’s Guide to AIDS and HIV, 2nd ed. Village Earth Press, 2014.

Wiener, Lori S., Aprille Best, and Philip A. Pizzo. Be a Friend: Children Who Live with HIV Speak. Morton Grove, Illinois: Albert Whitman and Company, 1994.

Books About Making a Difference

Espeland, Pamela and Elizabeth Verdick. Knowing and Doing What’s Right: The Positive Values Assets. Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc., 2006.

*The Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell. The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them. New York: Broadway Books, 2009.

*Hoose, Philip. It’s Our World Too!: Young People Who are Making a Difference: How They Do It—How You Can Too! New York: Square Fish, 2002.

Kaye, Cathryn Berger. The Complete Guide to Service Learning: Proven, Practical Ways to Engage Students in Civic Responsibility, Academic Curriculum, & Social Action. Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing, 2010.

Lewis, Barbara. Kids with Courage: True Stories About Young People Making a Difference. Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing, 1992.

Lewis, Barbara. The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects: Over 500 Service Ideas for Young People Who Want to Make a Difference. Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing, 2009.

*Lewis, Barbara. The Teen Guide to Global Action: How to Connect with Others (Near & Far) to Create Social Change. Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing, 2008.

Lewis, Barbara. What Do You Stand For? For Teens: A Guide to Building Character. Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing, 2005.

*Sharon, Brit. Little Feet, Big Steps. CreateSpace Independence Publishing Platform, 2011.

Sorenson, Bob. Stand in My Shoes: Kids Learning About Empathy. New York: Love and Logic Press, 2013.

*Sundem, Garth. Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change: Courageous Actions Around the World. Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing, 2010.


Anne Frank
Anne Frank: The Whole Story. DVD. Directed by Robert Dornhelm. New York: American Broadcasting Company, 2001.

Anne Frank Remembered. DVD. Directed by Jon Blair. 1996; New York: Sony Pictures, 2004.

The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank. DVD. 1988; Directed by John Erman. New York: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment,2004.

The Diary of Anne Frank. DVD. 1959; Directed by George Stevens. New York: Twentieth Century Fox, 2009.

The Diary of Anne Frank. DVD. Directed by Jon Jones. London: Darlow Smithson Productions, 2007.

Ruby Bridges
Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965. DVD. Directed by Henry Hampton. Arlington: PBS, 2010.

Ruby Bridges. DVD. 1998; Directed by Euzhan Palcy. New York: American Broadcasting Company, 2004.

Ryan White
ABC News Nightline Ryan White Interview. DVD. New York: American Broadcasting Company,2009.

The Ryan White Story. DVD. Directed by John Herzfeld. New York: American Broadcasting Company, 1989.

Making a Difference/Forgiveness
The Freedom Writers Diary. DVD. Directed by Richard LaGravenese. Los Angeles: Warner Bros., 2007.

The Power of Forgiveness. DVD. Directed by Martin Doblmeier. Alexandria: Journey Films, 2008.

Online Tools

Websites Related to Anne Frank Content

The BBC history page contains a site about the biography of Adolf Hitler.

This website contains a short, five-minute video biography with images of Anne Frank’s childhood, World War II, and excerpts from her diary accounted by education and history experts.

The Anne Frank Center is located in New York City and is a gallery space devoted to telling Anne Frank’s story. Its website features excerpts of her diary, resources for teachers, and traveling exhibitions for schools and your community. The Sapling Project, founded by the Anne Frank Center, is also located on this website and features saplings propagated in 2010 from the original chestnut tree in Amsterdam and planted in eleven United States locations.

Otto Frank established this Anne Frank Foundation in Switzerland in the 1960s. This website features extensive information on the Frank family, Anne’s diary, and links to other resources.

This online guide contains information about Anne Frank’s life and the Second World War and features a helpful contextual timeline.

The Anne Frank House/Museum features permanent and traveling exhibitions about Anne’s life story, a wealth of online photos and videos including a 3D version of the house where she hid during the war. There is a large section of the website for teachers including answers to the question “Why teach about the Holocaust?” and an extensive timeline.

This collection on YouTube features Otto Frank discussing reading Anne’s diary and encourages people to write a letter to Anne.

This online video features one of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis actors talking about portraying Anne Frank and interpreting the stories.

Buffalo State University New York hosts a project that features online websites and articles about teaching tolerance, the Holocaust, and books about related topics for the purpose of encouraging communities to utilize the words and wisdom of Anne Frank as a starting point to examine genocide, intolerance, bigotry, and racism as a way of finding solutions towards an elevated and shared human condition.

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, located in Terre Haute, Indiana, is dedicated to telling the story of the Holocaust, Auschwitz twins, genocide, and forgiveness. Holocaust survivor Eva Kor is one of the featured speakers and is available for public talks.

Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies: University of Minnesota hosts an online resource featuring websites, a bibliography, symposia, a library, curricula and a virtual museum.

Florida Holocaust Museum offers literature-based teaching trunks (available free of charge to any U. S. teacher for a loan period of one month to six weeks), online curriculum, exhibitions, and programs in the St. Petersburg area.

German Propaganda Archive contains a downloadable PDF version of the illustrated book “Trust No Fox” translated in English to provide a platform for discussing prejudice and hatred.

This History Channel article features biographical material about Anne Frank and her life and many short video clips about concentration camps and their liberation, the SS, Hitler, and the aftermath of the Holocaust.

The Holocaust Explained: This website from the Jewish Cultural Centre in London is designed for explaining this topic to individuals ages eleven through sixteen years old.

The Holocaust and Intolerance Museum of New Mexico museum combats hate and intolerance and promotes understanding through education. There are online resources including a history of genocide and helpful web links on this site.

Holocaust Museum Houston features an online resource for teachers about teaching the Holocaust and a curriculum entitled “All Behaviors Count,” The Butterfly Project Lesson Plan (that integrates the drawings and poems from Terezin Concentration Camp), and other resources about teaching the Holocaust including a hands-on outreach trunk containing 30 iPads or iPad minis loaded with classroom literature about the Holocaust (free to borrow).

This website contains stories from six Jewish survivors of the Holocaust, an extensive bibliography, an online encyclopedia of terminology, photographs, and audio stories from survivors.

The San Francisco Jewish Family and Children’s Services hosts a speakers’ bureau in which teachers can request a Holocaust survivor to speak to a class as part of teaching about the Holocaust, online resources, an oral history project and more.

Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles features teachers’ guides related to teaching the Holocaust online and downloadable lessons about tolerance and making a difference.

This PBS site provides an in-depth look at World War II with a timeline, maps, an online link to watch the PBS film, and a teacher’s guide—links to America’s reaction to the Holocaust (including the film America and the Holocaust) and the Man Behind Hitler can be found on this site.

The United States Holocaust Museum provides an online resource on topics such as the Holocaust, genocide, World War II and Nazi ideology, and anti-Semitism. Teacher resources and lesson plans can be downloaded from this site.

Voices of the Holocaust Project contains an extensive archive of audio recordings of interviews from after the war of survivors in camps etc. All of the recordings have been transcribed in English.

Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center is a teaching and learning site that defines terminology tied to the Holocaust. Books, lesson ideas, activities, teaching trunks, and a speakers bureau are also enfolded as outreach tools. The books and trunks are free to borrow but outside of Washington State shipping and handling is affixed.

World Without Genocide is a website created by the William Mitchell College of Law that provides teaching resources such as a speakers’ bureau, teaching materials, films, books, and more.

Websites Related to Ruby Bridges Content

American Civil Liberties Union-Timeline: A History of the Voting Rights Act contains a great reference timeline for Civil Rights.

Civil Rights 101 timeline provides a very detailed and concise history of Civil Rights.

PBS Black Culture Connection contains videos, text and other links that explore historic moments tied to Civil Rights.

Constitutional Rights Foundation—A Brief History of Jim Crow

Constitutional Rights Foundation—The Civil Rights Act of 1964

Constitutional Rights Foundation—The Voting Rights Act

Federal Judicial Center Original Document “Bush v. Orleans Parish School Board of the Desegregation of New Orleans Schools”

The National Park Service has created a webpage of all historic NPS sites in the United States tied to telling the history of the Civil Rights movement.

Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, the International Civil Rights Center and Museum features exhibitions and online resources including a timeline of Civil Rights history that relate the history of Civil Rights in America.

Jim Crow History and Jim Crow Museum—“Using Objects of Intolerance to Teach Tolerance and Promote Social Justice”

Library of Congress—The Aftermath of Brown v. Board or Education

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans.

The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, chronicles the history of the Civil Rights Movement and features the site in the Lorraine Hotel where Martin Luther King was assassinated.

National Park Service: Brown V. Board of Education National Historic Site

The National Women’s History Museum contains a one page biography of Ruby Bridges.

This is an online article about artist Norman Rockwell, the subjects he painted including many about Civil Rights topics, including The Problem We all Live With, and a history of his career.

Norman Rockwell Museum, dedicated to the life and work of artist Norman Rockwell, is home to the iconic painting depicting Ruby Bridges walking to school in 1960 accompanied by federal marshals. A link on the website features interviews with Ruby Bridges at the Museums.

Remembering Jim Crow contains written personal histories about segregation and audio files about remembering Jim Crow laws.

Ruby Bridges: A Simple Act of Courage features an online slideshow for school-aged children that describes the Civil Rights Movement for grades three through eight.

“Ruby Bridges Desegregates a School” (Public Television Video)

Ruby Bridges: Power of Children (The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis) 1

Ruby Bridges: Power of Children (The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis) 2

Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education contains great historic synopsis of the before and after history of Brown v. Board of Education. In-depth resources for teachers are contained within this webpage.

TeacherServe: The Civil Rights Movement: 1919-1960s is a great resource for teachers for the Civil Rights Movement and includes historic overview of moments in time and ideas for leading student discussion.

United States Courts “History of Brown v. Board of Education” contains descriptions of the court cases that led up to Brown v. Board of education 1954 and 1955.

Websites Related to Ryan White Content

This site features biographical information about Ryan’s Life as well as a description of the Ryan White HIA/AIDS Program and Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009.

This women’s health site contains basic information about AIDS, who is at risk, where in the world AIDS epidemics are being battled, and governmental resources available for those affected by HIV/AIDS.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt (The Names Project Foundation)

This site provides a year at a glance and in-depth look at the history of AIDS.

KidsHealth contains health related terminology defined for school-aged children.

This health site contains descriptive information about hemophilia.

This YouTube video features Jeanne White, Ryan White’s mom, talking about Ryan’s story.

POZ is an online resource for people living with AIDS and contains a good article about the importance of remembering Ryan White.

Ryan White: Power of Children (The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis)

Infected with HIV as a child through the contaminated blood products used to treat his hemophilia, Shawn Decker learned early in life about discrimination. Within a month of testing positive for the virus, he was kicked out of the 6th grade. After beating the odds and graduating from high school, Shawn opened up about his life, creating one of the first “poz blogs”, describing his life as a twenty-year old dating with HIV. He penned a column for Poz Magazine, entitled “Positoid”, and his first book, My Pet Virus: The True Story of a Rebel Without a Cure, was published by the Penguin Group in 2006.

The Smithsonian Museum of American History online has an interview featuring a social worker in San Francisco whose job it was to teach teachers and students the K-12 population about AIDS in the early years of the epidemic.

National Geographic Channel hosts a website that features a timeline of 1980s history and popular culture.

Websites Related to “Making a Difference”

This article is written by the author of Walk in Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World?

This Community Extension website lists 366 ideas for doing good in your community and making a difference.

Kids Change the World creates and supports the mechanisms through which young people can discover, leverage, and develop their creative energies and talents to channel them into positive societal changes.

Kids are Heroes features stories and projects led by kids from across the country who have taken action or made a difference toward a cause.

This program encourages students across the year to take part in service learning initiatives and provides funding for schools to take part in projects.

Mix It Up at Lunch! is a national program that was started by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Teaching Tolerance as a way to encourage students to identify, question, and cross social boundaries while having lunch at their school.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis hosts a national competition to award funding for projects designed by children ages six to eleven to make a difference or significant impact on the lives of others.

This Nickelodeon site offers a quiz to help you discover what service projects/or topics to make a difference may be the best fit for you.

Youth Service America engages millions of young people in service to their communities in the United States and more than 100 other countries. YSA is a primary sponsor of Global Youth Service Day, the largest celebration of youth service around the world, and offers grants, tools, and other resources to support youth-led service projects year-round.

Discussion Topics

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Discussion Topics

Holocaust Remembrance Program or Event

Plan a museum program or a special memorial/remembrance event in collaboration with a local synagogue and Jewish congregation, a local Jewish Community Center, or a Holocaust Museum in your community or region. Consider commemorating Kristallnacht (the “Night of Broken Glass” November 9-10, 1938), Holocaust Remembrance Day April 27 (a national holiday in Israel), International Holocaust Remembrance Day January 27, or Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust—an annual eight-day period designated by the United States Congress for civic commemorations and special education programs that begins on the Sunday before the Jewish observance of Yom HaShoah. Invite a Holocaust studies scholar, religious studies expert, a Holocaust survivor (or a local relative of a Holocaust survivor), to take part in or lead the remembrance event. See the list of speakers in the programming guide for experts on this topic.

A Public Discussion on the Psychology of Prejudice

To help contextualize and understand issues of prejudice that Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White faced during their young lives, invite a social psychologist or expert on the psychology of prejudice. This program could address and explore human behaviors and why prejudice exists and what can be done to prevent it. Part scientific behavior, clinical psychology, and social awareness, this presentation can help promote healthy living, create awareness, and prevent prejudice in your community. See the list of speakers in the programming guide for experts on this topic.

Teacher Event: Discussing Racism, Prejudice, and Teaching Tolerance

Consider hosting a teacher professional development workshop or curricular event that enfolds aspects of the Power of Children exhibition to help K-12 teachers create awareness about racism and prejudice, to promote and teach tolerance, and/or to encourage and inspire students to make a difference. Consider a formal collaboration with other national organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and/or the National Holocaust Memorial Museum, Dallas Holocaust Museum, Holocaust Museum Houston, or Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. Please consider bringing in a Holocaust studies scholar or expert for teaching the Holocaust to teachers in your community. See the speaker resources center for contact information about Holocaust teaching trunks available for loan through the Holocaust Museum Houston. Consult the list of speakers for experts on these topics.

Panel Discussion: The Power of Forgiveness

Ruby Bridges, Ryan White, and Anne Frank faced discrimination, hatred, fear, racism, and prejudice in their young lives and people who made their lives very difficult. Consider presenting a program about the topic of forgiveness as a subject for discussion and debate tied to the exhibition. Use the example of Arkansas Nine student Elizabeth Eckford who was heckled by others on her walk to public high school in 1957. Hazel Bryan Massery was one of the people who called Elizabeth names. In 1962 Hazel phoned Elizabeth to apologize and Elizabeth accepted her apology. Is it possible to forgive all acts? How have some individuals found forgiveness to be a useful mechanism for healing? What is the distinction between forgiveness and forgetting? Use the Power of Forgiveness film as a platform for a panel discussion that may include a local Rabbi, a clinical psychologist, a Holocaust studies scholar, or a CANDLES speaker and/or Holocaust survivor like Eva Kor to discuss and debate this complicated issue. This program can be tailored to a younger K-12 school audience and presented as a school assembly or classroom discussion in relation to student visits to the Power of Children exhibition. Consider hosting Everett Worthington, PhD, expert on psychology of forgiveness, as the featured speaker for this discussion. See the speaker resources section for more ideas and contact information.

Myth, Media, and Fear Public Presentation: What We have Learned from the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

In relation to Ryan White’s experience as a young AIDS patient in the 1980s, invite a speaker to discuss the topic of stereotyping, myth, making assumptions, and fostering fear related to public health and the news media. How do facts become misinformation? An analogy could be made to contemporary issues tied to the worldwide Ebola outbreak in 2014 and how the media communicated about the epidemic to the public. Invite an AIDS advocacy or public health speaker from your local medical community or nationwide who could address the early history of AIDS in the United States and present how and what the media communicated to the public in the early 1980s. This topic could be presented as a museum public outreach program for younger K-12 school audiences as a classroom discussion or assembly in relation to student visits to the Power of Children exhibition. See the speaker resources section for speaker ideas.

AIDS Awareness Program: Celebrate/Promote A World AIDS Day Event: December 1 or National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day April 10

Host a health advocacy and awareness workshop, an art show, a music festival, a memorial or awareness program to educate, advocate, and remember those who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. Reach out to or to obtain social media and marketing materials to promote this event and consider partnering and collaborating with your local community health centers, hospitals, or clinics and aligning it with national awareness celebrations on December 1 or April 10. Contact the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to locate resources in your region or community (as many regional AIDS non-profits have a speaker’s bureau) for sourcing a speaker. See the speaker resources section for other speaker ideas.

AIDS Quilt Panel NAMES Project Workshop

Reach out to the NAMES Project and make an AIDS quilt square using their online specifications or invite a staff person to your museum to host a quilt making workshop. All quilt squares must be made using the suggested guidelines found online and must be created on one three-by-six foot hemmed fabric panel (no bigger no smaller) to officially become part of the AIDS quilt. The panel must be created on durable fabric. Contact the NAMES project in Atlanta about making new panels or hosting a workshop. See speaker resource section for contact information and refer to the education outreach kit for step-by-step instructions.

Writing for Change Workshop: Share Your Voice to Make a Difference

Invite a local editorial writer to discuss powers of persuasion and best steps to create powerful letters to the editor (or other individuals in politics, corporations, or public policy) to communicate your voice and suggest change. Consider integrating case studies from other young people around the world who wrote letters, took a stand, and communicated a point of view to make a change in their community (as published in books that travel with the Power of Children exhibition such as Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change or It’s Our World Too!) This workshop can be tailored for busy adults (to carve out time to make a difference in their communities), teens, or framed as an education outreach workshop in K-12 classrooms to teach letter writing, the power of persuasion, or to teach parts of a debate/argument and steps of refutation. The objective of this program is to convince others about something each individual may want to change in the community or world, to consider small steps to make a difference, and to persuade others to understand a meaningful personal message or point of view. Consider engaging Erin Gruwell, author of the Freedom Writers Diary, or Barbara A. Lewis, author of The Teen Guide to Global Action to empower an audience of teens or K-12 teachers to use writing as a tool for social change. See the list of speakers for contact information and the education outreach kit for hands-on ideas.

Design and Know your Rights! Make a Powerful Poster

Feature any aspect of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and/or the Amendments to address topics such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and the right to be treated equally as these rights relate to the lives of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White and The Power of Children exhibition. This program can take the form of a civil rights poster-making workshop contextualized by a presentation about what the Bill of Rights and several of the Amendments (specifically Amendment XIV and XV) mean in plain language. This program can also feature a discussion and debate about some fascinating proposed amendments to the Constitution that never left Congress. Invite participants to design and illustrate a “right” or an amendment as a graphic handbill or poster using markers or other media to promote a powerful civil rights message. The poster making activity could be a public contest, a drop-in hands-on station in the museum related to the exhibition, or can be designed as an educational outreach presentation/workshop to share with K-12 school classrooms. See the speaker resources section for speaker ideas and the education outreach kit for hands-on activity guidance.

Power of Children Live Theatre Performance

Use the live theatre scripts written and performed by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Power of Children exhibition staff and included in this programming guide to design and perform your own Power of Children live theatre interpretation. Curate three of the fifteen-minute performances that describe the lives and experiences of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, or Ryan White into one hour-long theatre program with discussion onstage at your museum or at a local theatre company. Each 15-minute segment can also be performed in the exhibition space at scheduled intervals and advertised to the public using the museum exhibition walls as a partial set. Consider partnering with a local professional theatre group or a University or high school theatre department for presenting a live theatre performance tied to the exhibition.

Mix It Up At Lunch!

With inspiration from the exhibition, work with your local schools or an entire school district to assist them in designing and promoting a community-wide Mix It Up at Lunch Day. This national campaign, launched by Teaching Tolerance more than ten years ago, encourages students to identify, question, and cross social boundaries. Activities can be designed at each school site in the cafeteria to help students interact over lunch with someone who may be different from them. See the speaker resources section and the education outreach kit for additional information about organizing this type of event or program.

Talking about Change: History of the Civil Rights Movement

Engage a public speaker to further contextualize Ruby Bridges’ challenges as a student in the 1960s during desegregation in the South. See the list of speakers for vetted speakers on this topic.

Speaker Ideas and Contact Ideas

Kiel Majewski
Executive Director
CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center
1532 S. 3rd Street
Terre Haute, IN 47802, USA
812-234-7881 office
812-229-2316 mobile

TOPIC: Surviving the Holocaust, hope, forgiveness, and the power of the human spirit.

Eva Kor, a Holocaust survivor, forgiveness advocate, and a public speaker, founded a Museum and Education Center to promote awareness of the atrocities of the Holocaust and to promote forgiveness as a mechanism for healing. Please contact the executive director of CANDLES for fees and speaking arrangements for Eva.

Eva Mozes Kor is a survivor of the Holocaust, a forgiveness advocate, and a revered public speaker. Powered by a never-give-up attitude, Eva has emerged through a life filled with trauma as a brilliant example of the power of the human spirit to overcome. She is a community leader, a champion of human rights, and tireless educator of young people.

In 1995, Eva opened CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, with a mission to prevent prejudice and hatred through education about the Holocaust. Thousands of people, including many school groups, have visited CANDLES since it opened. In 2003, the museum was destroyed by a hate-filled arsonist. Eva vowed to rebuild, and with the help of a generous public outpouring of support, the museum was rebuilt and reopened in 2005.

Eva has delivered her message all over the world, including several times in Germany, Israel, and Poland, and was a featured speaker at the 10th and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. Her story is documented in the award-winning film Forgiving Dr. Mengele and the popular young adult book Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz.

Maureen Costello
Director, Teaching Tolerance Project
Southern Poverty Law Center
400 Washington Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36104

TOPIC: Dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations, and supporting equitable school experience for our nation’s children.

Maureen Costello leads the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project, one of the nation’s leading providers of anti-bias education resources. She oversees all aspects of the project, including the award-winning Teaching Tolerance magazine, the development of multimedia teaching kits, professional development resources and special projects. Before joining the SPLC, she oversaw development of the 2010 Census in Schools program for Scholastic Inc. in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau. For eight years, she directed Newsweek‘s education program, which was dedicated to engaging high school and college students in public issues. She served as academic dean at Notre Dame Academy High School in Staten Island, N.Y., where she also taught history and economics. As a teacher, she worked with both the Advanced Placement Program and the New York State Regents on assessment-related projects. She is a graduate of the New School University and the New York University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

Mary E. Kite, PhD
Professor of Psychological Science and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Psychological Science
Ball State University
North Quad (NQ), room 104
Muncie, IN 47306

TOPIC: Breaking the Prejudice Habit (Awareness, Harmony, Acceptance Advocates)

Mary Kite received her B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. from Purdue University. A social psychologist, she is currently Professor of Psychological Science and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Ball State University. Strongly committed to psychology education at all levels, she is Past-President of The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP, APA Division 2); she has held a number of other leadership roles for STP. She also chaired the APA Presidential Task Force on Diversity Education Resources and is Past President of the Midwestern Psychological Association. She is a Fellow of APA Divisions 2, 9, 35, & 44 and maintains an active research program in the area of stereotyping and prejudice; she recently coauthored the second edition of a textbook on that topic (with Bernard E. Whitley, Jr.; The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination, published by Cengage). She also co-authored a textbook on research methods with Dr. Whitley, published by Taylor and Francis (Principles of Research in Behavioral Science). She received the Charles L. Brewer Award for Distinguished Teaching in Psychology in 2014 and received a Presidential Citation from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology in 2011. Other honors include being named a Minority Access National Role Model in 2007 and being recognized as a G. Stanley Hall Lecturer for the American Psychological Association in 2009. She was a Virginia Ball Center Fellow for Ball State in 2013. The resulting immersive learning project can be viewed at

Everett Worthington Jr., PhD
Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
880 W. Franklin
Richmond, Virginia
Director, Counseling Psychology Program

TOPIC: Psychology of Forgiveness

Everett Worthington, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia. He has published over 30 books and over 350 articles and scholarly chapters, mostly on forgiveness, marriage, and family topics and religion and spirituality. Get free resources on promoting forgiveness at

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Regional Workshops for Educators for Teaching the Holocaust
(check the website to draw upon resources nearest your community)

LaTonya Thames-Taylor, PhD
Associate Professor of History/Director of African American Studies Minor
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
West Chester University of Pennsylvania Campus
College of Arts and Sciences
Dept of History- Wayne 432
West Chester, PA 19383
610-209-7825 (cell)

TOPIC: Abolitionism and the Modern Civil Rights Movement (speaking fee $500 plus travel expenses)

Mississippi native of African American and Choctaw Indian ancestry, Dr. tonya thames taylor (lower case is intentional) is a humanitarian, civil rights advocate, volunteer, orator, writer, and Quaker. She considers her most admirable qualities: authenticity, courage, and optimism. In the community, she is an active member of the Junior League of Philadelphia, Recording Clerk of the Western Quarterly Meeting, lifetime member and PA State Executive Committee Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and Worthy Matron of Eureka #12 of Deborah Grand Chapter Order of Eastern Star, Prince Hall Adopted, PA. She has been an elected official, president of a local NAACP chapter, and creator of the Lilies and Pearls Cotillion. thames taylor is committed to justice and it manifests in her campaigns and public lectures: anti-hunger, anti-Human Trafficking and interrogating the expansion and injustices of the mass incarceration and the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC). Above all, Dr. thames taylor appreciates the life lessons she received from her grandmother’s porch. It was there that she learned about community, service, religion, politics, negotiation, and culture. She is a graduate of Tougaloo College (BA) and the University of Mississippi, “Ole Miss,” (MA and Ph.D). In her career, thames taylor, in June 2014, enjoyed an National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship to study civil rights in Mississippi and presented a paper, in August at Bucknell University, about white supremacy’s pipeline-to-prison agenda. She is an associate professor of American History for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (West Chester University campus). Her current academic interest is the roles that reality television play in shaping images and perceptions of nonwhites. Also, she examines just how white supremacy continues to reimagine itself in contemporary conversations.

Diane Nash
Civil Rights & Peace Activist
Chicago, IL
c/o Zach Radoski, Senior Agent
American Program Bureau, Inc.
One Gateway Center, Suite 751
Newton, MA 02458

TOPIC: The Civil Rights Movement; non-violent protest and the Freedom Riders of the 1960s (her speaking fee is $8,000 plus airfare, hotel, and ground transport to and from Chicago). Please contact her agent to book Diane Nash.

A Chicago native who never experienced segregation in public accommodations before moving to the South, Diane Nash went on to become one of the pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement. Nash’s involvement in the nonviolent movement began in 1959 while she was a student at Fisk University. In 1960 she became the chairperson of the student sit-in movement in Nashville, Tennessee—the first southern city to desegregate its lunch counters—as well as one of the founding students of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee. In 1961 she coordinated the Freedom Riders from Birmingham, Alabama, to Jackson, Mississippi, a story that was documented in the recent PBS American Experience film Freedom Riders. Her many arrests for her civil rights activities culminated in Nash being imprisoned for 30 days in 1961, while she was pregnant with her first child. Undeterred, she went on to join a national committee—to which she was appointed by President John F. Kennedy—the promoted passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Ruby Bridges
P.O. Box 430
Harvey, LA 70059

For school speaking engagements please contact Annie Hall,
For public speaking engagements, please contact Spirit Tricky,

TOPIC: Please consider inviting Ruby Bridges to speak about her childhood experiences attending William Frantz elementary in 1960 and the aftermath of desegregation.

Born on September 8, 1954, in Tylertown, Mississippi, Ruby Bridges was six years old when she became the first African-American child to integrate a white Southern elementary school, having to be escorted to class by her mother and U.S. marshals due to violent mobs. Bridges’ bravery paved the way for continued Civil Rights action and she’s shared her story with future generations in educational forums.

Jeanne White-Ginder

TOPIC: Please consider inviting Jeanne to speak about Ryan’s life and the work Jeanne is doing to promote AIDS education.

Jeanne White-Ginder is the mother of Ryan White who has become a key player in AIDS advocacy and education. Since her son’s death in 1990, she has published the book that Ryan White wrote for other children, appeared at many AIDS fundraisers and benefits, and given many lectures to education young people about HIV/AIDS. She serves on the advisory board of the AIDS Institute, and speaks across the country about her story as a mom, and seeks to educate teens and adolescents on the personal, family, and community issues related to HIV/AIDS. Her book, Weeding out the Tears: A Mother’s Story of Love, Loss, and Renewal was published in 1997. Jeanne and her daughter Andrea donated Ryan’s bedroom full of memorabilia to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (these artifacts are on display in the Power of Children permanent exhibition at the Museum). Jeanne lives in Leesburg, Florida, with her husband of twenty-two years.

Erin Fitzgerald
Program Coordinator
Project Kindle
28245 Ave Crocker, Ste. 104
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
877-800-2267 ext. 706

Mandy Nickolite
Vice President and PsychoSocial Lead
Project Kindle
PO Box 8114
Lincoln, NE 68501

TOPIC: HIV/AIDS education and awareness; Please consider reaching out to Project Kindle to coordinate a presentation by a teen who will share information about HIV/AIDS for the purpose of reaching other teens.

Project Kindle has an extensive community HIV/AIDS education and outreach program.  Through the peer-to-peer speakers bureau, SPEAK OUT, Project Kindle has educated thousands of students and adults across the nation and is building resources to continue to combat social stigma and improve the quality of life for all people living with HIV/AIDS through additional presentations.

SPEAK OUT stands for “Sharing Personal Experiences And Knowledge: Our Unique Truths.” The SPEAK OUT program uses a wide variety of young speakers that are either infected with HIV or affected by HIV to educate their peers. The speakers are between the ages of 7 – 17 years old. They share their personal stories about how HIV has changed their life and other important information. For many, this will be the first time ever meeting someone who is knowingly HIV-positive. The speakers are matched to the demographics of the students at each school so the audience is best able to relate to the speakers.  The many similarities between the speakers and audience allow for a once-in-a-lifetime educational experience for thousands of students.

NAMES Project–AIDS Memorial Quilt
Roddy Williams
Director of Operations
The NAMES Project Foundation
ATTN: New Panels
204 14TH ST NW
Atlanta, GA 30318-5304

TOPIC: hosting a quilt panel-making workshop; HIV/AIDS awareness. Please contact the NAMES foundation to inquire about hosting a quilt making workshop and/or for submitting a quilt panel. It is also possible to borrow a quilt panel from the NAMES Project for display. Consult the website for specifications or review the education outreach kit.

Advocates for Youth
2000 M St, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20036

TOPIC: National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day promotion or AIDS advocacy public speakers. Please contact Advocates for Youth to organize a speaker or celebrate and promote National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day.

One of the first mainstream organizations to recognize the potential dangers of HIV for adolescents, sponsoring a groundbreaking national conference on AIDS and adolescents among other HIV prevention initiatives as early as 1987. Since its founding in 1980, Advocates for Youth has served as a bold voice and respected leader in the field of adolescent reproductive and sexual health. For more than three decades, the organization has worked tirelessly to promote effective adolescent reproductive and sexual health programs and policies in the United States and the global south. This organization has a wealth of online materials and resources to foster youth change programs and create awareness of social issues.

Stephanie Kyriazis
Chief of Interpretation, Education, and Cultural Resources
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
1515 SE Monroe Street
Topeka, KS 66612
785-354-4273 x231

TOPIC: Brown v. Board of Education and school desegregation in the 1960s. The National Park Service will send out a park ranger/historian to speak about Brown v. Board of Education to museum sites in a three to four hour driving radius of Topeka, Kansas (or will consider speaking engagements on a case by case basis). There is no honorarium to engage a speaker from this National Historic Site.

Barbara A. Lewis

TOPIC: How to inspire teens to take action for social change in their community and world; empowering young people to make a difference with themselves and others (note: Barbara Lewis requires an honorarium of $1000–3,000, depending on the type of program and time involved, plus hotel and travel expenses). Please consider engaging Barbara to present for your organization.

Barbara Lewis is an award-winning author and educator who teaches kids how to think and solve real problems. When she taught at Jackson Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah, her students initiated the cleanup of hazardous waste, improved sidewalks, planted thousands of trees, and fought crime. They instigated and pushed through several state laws and an amendment to a national law, garnering national acclaim, including two President’s Environmental Youth Awards. They also were recognized in the Congressional Record three times. Barbara has been featured in many national newspapers, magazines, and on news programs, including Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Family Circle, CBS This Morning, CBS World News, and CNN. She has also written numerous articles and short stories for national magazines and has received many state and national awards for teaching. Her books from Free Spirit Publishing have won Parenting’s Reading-Magic Award and been named “Best of the Best for Children” by the American Library Association, among other honors.

Taylor Mims, Communication Specialist
Erin Gruwell, Founder Freedom Writers
The Freedom Writers Foundation

TOPIC: Video chat with Freedom Writers Speakers or Erin Gruwell about diversity and tolerance, the power of reading, writing, and finding one’s own voice, other themes by request. Honorarium is $300 for Freedom Writers Speakers or $500 for Erin Gruwell.

The Freedom Writers Speakers each share their personal stories of triumph; overcoming poverty, sexual abuse, violence, substance abuse, and homelessness. Many suffered learning disabilities, disliked school, performed poorly in class and were never expected to graduate. Each presentation describes how they used the Freedom Writer Method to make incredible transformations and their continued success. The mission of the Freedom Writers Foundation is to empower educators and students to positively impact their own lives and the world around them.

Erin Gruwell is a teacher, an education activist, and the founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation. She created the Freedom Writer Methods, a progressive teaching philosophy and curricular designed to achieve excellence from all students. By fostering an educational philosophy that values and promotes diversity, Gruwell transformed her students’ lives. She encouraged them to re-think rigid beliefs about themselves and others, reconsider daily decisions, and ultimately re-chart their futures. With Gruwell’s support, they chose to forego teenage pregnancy, drugs, and violence to become aspiring college students, published writers, and catalysts for change. They dubbed themselves the “Freedom Writers”—in homage to civil rights activists The Freedom Riders—and published a book. Inspired by Anne Frank, Erin and her students captured their collective journey in The Freedom Writers Diary. Through poignant student entries and Erin’s narrative text, the book records their “eye-opening, spirit-raising odyssey against intolerance and misunderstanding.”

Kerry Sautner
Vice President of Visitor Experience & Education
National Constitution Center
Independence Mall
525 Arch Street
Philadelpia, Pennsylvania 19106

TOPIC: The U. S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Amendment XIV and XV)

Kerry Sautner serves as Vice President of Visitor Experience and Education at the National Constitution Center. In this capacity, she leads the visitor experience team and manages the museum’s Annenberg Center for Education and Outreach, the nation’s leading constitutional education resource, which develops interactive programs, theatrical productions, webcasts and standards-based classroom materials available onsite and online. Sautner is the 2011 recipient of the International Museum Theatre Alliance Award. Previously, she served as the museum’s director of public programs for six years. She has served as an adjunct professor of education at Drexel University where she focused on science teaching methods and learning theories for K-12 teachers.

Shawn Decker and Gwenn Barringer
PO Box 7865
Charlottesville, VA 22906

TOPIC: Living with HIV/AIDS; Since 2000, Shawn and Gwenn have been educating together, using their relationship as a married couple as a way to talk about the issues of sexual health. By combining humor and candor, they’ve successfully engaged tens-of-thousands of college students, and have shared their story with millions of people through Cosmopolitan Magazine, MTV, BBC and HBO films.

Shawn Decker was infected with HIV as a child through the contaminated blood products used to treat his hemophilia. Shawn learned early in life about discrimination. Within a month of testing positive for the virus, he was kicked out of the 6th grade. By all accounts, he wasn’t expected to live five years. After beating the odds and graduating from high school, Shawn opened up about his life, creating one of the first “poz blogs”, describing his life as a twenty-year old dating with HIV. He penned a column for Poz Magazine, entitled “Positoid”, and his first book, My Pet Virus: The True Story of a Rebel Without a Cure, was published by the Penguin Group in 2006. Gwenn Barringer was an undergraduate at Wittenberg University, when a young woman with HIV spoke at Gwenn’s sorority house. Inspired, Gwenn began to speak with her friends about sexual health and then took a class on HIV/AIDS. While attending James Madison University’s graduate program, Gwenn volunteered for an AIDS Service Organization and obtained her Master’s degree. Her thesis examined the likelihood of condom usage in long and short-term relationships among college-aged women. Gwenn and Shawn met through their AIDS activist activities. She fell in love with him in spite of the virus, and in spite of his love for professional wrestling. Five years after meeting, Shawn and Gwenn were married in October 2004.

Scripts for Live Theatre

These scripts, written by the Power of Children exhibition staff at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, can be grouped as a singular performance onstage as a more formal public program or can be performed intermittently in the exhibition space for varied audiences with adaptions of the props etc.

Scripts for Anne Frank

Scripts for Ruby Bridges

  • A New Normal, written by Claire Wilcher, John Goodson, and Louis Cavallari, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
  • A Marshal’s Perspective, written by Hank Fincken, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Scripts for Ryan White

  • Hope is a Habit, written by D. E. Ison, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
  • Heather, written by Jessica Biernacki Jensen, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Lesson 1: Make a Mural

Make a Difference: Make a Mural

Using the lives of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White as inspiration, students will work collaboratively as a class group to create a transformational work of public art to inspire change to make a difference in a community (at school, in a neighborhood, or in another public space in their city). Students will identify a community public space to transform, consider a problem or message they wish to convey to inspire others or to implement change, design an image that relays this message to others, and then execute the artistic production of the mural as a group.

Download this lesson here, including step-by-step instructions, a worksheet, and connections to Common Core standards.

Lesson 2: Take Action

Make a Difference: Take Action

Using the lives of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White as inspiration, invite students to consider ways they can assess a need in their own community (or the world) to make a positive change for the greater social good. Help students identify what they care deeply about, determine a need and/or problem to solve in their own community, and assist each other in taking action through service learning. This lesson models a civic engagement activity as demonstrated by making a plan, collaborating with other community members, and designing a project for the greater social good and for social change.

Download this lesson here, including step-by-step instructions, two worksheets, and connections to Common Core standards.