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Celebrating The Power of Children: A Year of Action

Year of Action

Opened in 2007, The Power of Children®: Making A Difference provides a safe place for families and students to explore the issues of intolerance, fear, and prejudice as experienced by children. We continue to be inspired by the lives and actions of these three children and are excited to announce the addition of a fourth child—Malala Yousafzai—next year.

  • Anne Frank used the power of WORDS in her diary. 
  • Ruby Bridges used the power of ACTION to attend school.
  • Ryan White used the power of his VOICE in the media.
  • Malala Yousafzai used the power of EDUCATION to fight for human rights.

Year of Action

2020 is a year of strength, courage, and change. It’s important to remember that we all play a part every day through the kindness we show others and the actions we take. Join us in the Year of Action Challenge. Each week we will share a new Action Item for you and your family. Share your Action Items using #TakeActionTCM.

Through these small actions, together we can bring waves of change to our communities. 

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai

We are extremely excited to add Malala Yousafzai as the fourth child in The Power of Children exhibit. Opening next year, this will be the ONLY permanent exhibit featuring Malala Yousafzai in the world! Malala is a Pakistani activist for female education. She became the youngest person ever to be awarded the Nobel Prize. She is known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children in her home of Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Malala used the Power of Education to fight for human rights. 

The expanded portion of the exhibit will feature her life, the challenges she faced as she attempted to get an education and the positive impact she has had around the world. We will recreate her home in the Swat Valley and present information about her life—showing how she used the family computer to express her message. The exhibit will feature her legacy and also showcase other girls who stood up for the right to attend school.

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. Support for the addition of Malala Yousafzai's story is provided by Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc., and U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Year of Events

2020 also brings important milestones in the lives of these historical children. The museum will commemorate these milestones by highlighting special programming in The Power of Children exhibit or hosting special events at the museum. Stay tuned for more details.

  • 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz—Jan. 27
  • 30th Anniversary of Ryan White's death—April 8
  • International Malala Day—July 12
  • 60th anniversary of Ruby Bridges integrating schools in the south—Nov. 15

You can also participate in one of our daily programs in The Power of Children exhibit. See below for dates and times.

Upcoming Events

Change Makers: Superhero in You!

Everyone has the power to make a difference! During our Change Maker workshop, you and your family will become every day heroes. Details

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