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Power of Children

  • Anne's Story
    Be inspired by Anne Frank, whose words of hope during the Holocaust continue to impact lives.
  • Ruby's Story
    Experience the bravery of first-grader Ruby Bridges in newly desegregated New Orleans.
  • Ryan's Story
    See how one boy changed the world. Indiana native Ryan White spread a message of compassion and understanding after becoming infected with HIV.
  • The Power of You
    Discover how you can make a tremendous impact in your community.
Power of Children

We Can All Make a Difference

Deep down we all want to be heroes. Ignite a passion for changing the world around you through the powerful stories of three extraordinary 20th-century children—Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White. Recommended for ages 8+.

  • Be transported through live theatrical performances.
  • Step into a replica of Ryan White's bedroom, Ruby Bridges' classroom, or Anne Frank's annex.
  • Learn how you and your family can make a difference by Taking Action.

Located on Level 3.

Three Young Voices. Three World-Changers.

The stories of extraordinary children in history can inspire children today to fight discrimination and intolerance and make a positive difference in the world.

Anne Frank

 
Anne Frank
Experience Anne’s tremendous message of hope amidst the terrors of the 1940s Holocaust.

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 hope of a better future.

  

Ruby Bridges

 
Ruby Bridges
See bravery beyond words through the story of a first-grade girl in the newly desegregated schools of New Orleans in 1960.

The year Ruby Bridges was born, the Supreme Court of the United States charted a new course for the nation in Brown v. Board of Education, ruling that segregation of black 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.

Ryan White


Ryan White
Learn how this young teenage Hoosier fought fear and misinformation about AIDS head-on in the 1980s.

In the early 1980’s, 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 be allowed to return to school and live a normal life made him famous around the world.

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The Power of Children is made possible by lead gifts from Deborah Simon, Efroymson Family Fund, Chase, National Endowment for the Humanities, Duke Energy Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome P. Martin, U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Cummins Foundation and The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.