About The Collection

MOTC is building the largest collection of stories about Americans standing up to acts of hate based on race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ability.

We unearth previously untold and under-told stories to share beside widely celebrated efforts. Some acts involve great personal risk. Every courageous act influences others, and is part of a connected movement across time.

America is the story of countless acts of courage.

A sample from our growing collection:

Shreveport, Louisiana Takes a Stand

When a city council member in Shreveport, Louisiana used the Bible to argue against an ordinance protecting LGBTQ people, one Shreveport resident challenged him to cast the first stone.

Tarrant County Republican Party Stands Against Religious Discrimination

When a small group in Tarrant County, Texas tried to oust a local Republican party official because of his religion, republicans in Texas and beyond stood alongside him to reaffirm his right to religious freedom.

Moms Organize Stand Up to Hate Play Date After Nanny Targeted by Racist Letter

"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.” Marie Ippolito. Chicago, 2017

After Pittsburgh, the Interfaith Response Sends Message of Solidarity Across the Religious Divide

“We wish to respond to evil with good, as our faith instructs us, and send a powerful message of compassion through action.” Muslims Unite for Pittsburgh Synagogue. Pittsburgh, 2018.

Sherman Wu, a Chinese American Social Activist and Professor Whose Experience at Northwestern University Brought the Issue of Discrimination Against Asian Americans to the Forefront

Sherman Wu writes a letter to his school newspaper to protest discrimation of a campus fraternity and sparks a national conversation. Evanston, 1956.

Montgomery Librarian Juliette Morgan Remembered for Civil Rights Stand

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. Montgomery, 1957


After being targeted for her race, Baylor students rally around a fellow student to ensure her safety on campus. Texas, 2016.

300,000 March on Washington to Stand Against LGBTQ Discrimination

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 US. Washington, 1987.

Pittsburgh Penguins Donate Nearly $350,000 to Tree of Life Synagogue Victims

Pittsburgh Penguins launch a “Stronger Than Hate” campaign to raise money for the victims who were killed and injured when a gunman opens fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue. Pittsburgh, 2018

Carmelita Torres Sparks Thousands to Stand Against Inhumane Treatment at the U.S. Boarder.

In 1917, a seventeen-year-old 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.

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