About The Collection

Museum of the Courageous is building the largest collection of stories about individuals standing up to acts of hate based on race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ability. These untold and under-told stories are a reminder that we can all stand up to hate. 

Explore our growing collection:

Ferrai Pickett, Heather DeJonker, and Maria Ippolito, 2017

"We knew that we could not remain silent or else it would seem like we were agreeing with this person or that we were afraid to speak up," said Marie Ippolito. Marie, partnered with two educators in Chicago defied a racist letter by bringing their neighborhood together to celebrate kindness and community.

#IWalkWithNatasha, 2016

When a sophomore at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, was shoved and called a racial slur, her community rallied around her to show that their campus would not turn a blind eye to hatred.

Gwendolyn Ann Smith, 1998

After a series of anti-transgender murders were misreported or forgotten, one activist created a day of remembrance to preserve the memories of trans lives taken by violence.

Second March on Washington for Gay & Lesbian Rights, 1987

Nearly 300,000 marchers advocated for LGBTQ rights including the right to marriage, repeal sodomy laws, and end discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS. It is the largest LGBTQ civil rights rally ever held in the United States.

Juliette Hampton Morgan, 1956

Juliette Morgan, Montgomery Librarian, began standing up to civil rights abuses in 1932 with letters to the local newspapers. By 1955, Morgan actively supported the Montgomery Bus Boycotts and was ostracized from her community, threatened, and ultimately died by suicide.

Sherman Wu, 1956

After his fraternity de-pledged him because of his race, Sherman Wu, a college freshman spoke out and brought national attention to racial discrimination on college campuses.

Silent Protest Parade, 1917

After white mobs attacked and murdered more than a hundred Black people in a brutal riot in East St. Louis, New Yorkers marched in protest. Thousands joined the silent parade down Fifth Avenue to demand justice and an end to violence against Black Americans.

Carmelita Torres, 1917

Seventeen-year-old Carmelita Torres from Mexico refused to submit to dangerous and humiliating sanitation demands at the U.S. border. Thousands joined her to protest the mistreatment of Mexican workers and immigrants in El Paso.

Standing Bear, 1879

While returning his son’s body to the Ponca tribe’s stolen homeland, Standing Bear, the Ponca chief was arrested. Not only did he fight for the right to bury his son in his ancestral land—he demanded that the U.S. courts recognize Native Americans as human beings.

Elizabeth Jennings, 1854

A century before Rosa Parks challenged the segregation of Montgomery city buses, New Yorker Elizabeth Jennings refused to leave a whites-only streetcar. When she was removed by force, she took the streetcar company to court.

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