Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Museum of the Courageous? When can I visit?

The Museum of the Courageous (MOTC) is a nonprofit organization that seeks to highlight and celebrate stories of standing up to hate. The organization launched in 2019 to build the largest collection of stories centered on standing up to acts of hate.

While we do not currently have a physical location, we aim to launch one in the future to house these inspiring stories and help build a courageous community that will work unceasingly to ensure that America’s culture and its institutions reflect the ideals of justice and equality. Please sign up for our newsletter to stay informed about our plans for the future and to receive samples of the inspiring stories we are collecting.

What does MOTC hope to achieve?

MOTC believes that storytelling at scale can shift narratives and shape values. We strive to see the stories of standing up to hate become the stories that define America. We seek to tell stories that inspire everyone across all backgrounds to stand up to hate.

How do I join MOTC?

We are delighted that you want to be involved with MOTC! We are seeking to create an inclusive community of people across all identities in every part of the country. All are welcome. Here are a few easy ways to take action:

Please sign up for our e-newsletter and follow us on social media to stay up to date about our work and learn about the inspiring stories we’re collecting.

Also share the MOTC stories with your friends and contacts so that, together, we spread these stories near and far.

Partner with MOTC to help expand our reach.

Consider making a tax-deductible donation to MOTC to fund the continuation of this important work.

Volunteer your talent to unearth and vet courageous stories.

What acts of courage does MOTC honor?

MOTC tells the stories of those who stand up to acts of hate based on race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ability. The Museum currently focuses on these specific forms of hate due to their particular perniciousness and highly contagious nature.

America’s rich diversity is its strength. Acts of hate attack the very foundation of our nation. MOTC believes everyone has the potential to be courageous and that every courageous act, no matter how big or small, can change the course of history and influence others to stand up.

Does MOTC recognize historical as well as contemporary stories?

Yes. We believe that courageous acts build upon each other. Our courageous forebears have paved the way and we honor their contributions alongside contemporary stories of courage. In this way, we strive to paint a more complete portrait of all the ways that people have stood up to hate over time.

Does MOTC address gun violence?

We address gun violence only if a courageous act takes place during a hate-motivated attack with guns. The Museum does not address gun law reform.

Does MOTC honor good Samaritans who stop crimes or bullying?

Those are important stories but not the stories we tell, unless the crimes or bullying are hate-crimes or hate-motivated.

People stand up all over the world. Why focus on the United States?

The Museum of the Courageous believes that the most effective way to confront hate is to do so from within the culture that the hate emerges. Our founding trustees are rooted in the U.S. experience, so our current focus is on the United States of America.

How do I share a courageous story with MOTC?

E-mail or use the Share a Courageous Story form.

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