SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – A new exhibit in the Sioux City Public Museum displays the stories of 3 young historical figures.
It’s a display that shows how three inspiring children combated isolation, fear and prejudice.
“It’s incredibly powerful to see how one child speaking up can have an impact on the overall outcome,” says Carter Smith, a HIV Case Worker for the Siouxland Community Health Center.
“They were able to really turn something that was really bad and really negative into a positive,” says Matt Anderson, The Curator of History at the Sioux City Public Museum.
Ryan White, Ruby Bridges and Anne Frank all had one thing in common and that was that they lived through a time of prejudice and they wanted to change the view of the world instead of conforming to the way the world saw them.
“The Power of Children: Making a Difference” exhibit tells the stories of these three ordinary children who faced discrimination and intolerance, inspiring children and adults today.
“You would think that at such a young age they wouldn’t be able to face in any type of positive way literally a life and death circumstances,” says Anderson.
Of the three children, Ryan White is the most recent figure who lived through the time of the AIDS Epidemic.
“His impact on the outcome of the healthcare for over a half million people every year is a result of the advocacy of himself and other individuals back in the eighties and nineties making sure people had access to healthcare,” says Smith.
Ruby and Anne both faced discrimination in their worlds–surviving harsh times through words and actions.
“They had inner strength that i think that most adults probably wouldn’t,” says Anderson.
“It’s harder to do to change a big group rather than your own views but that’s what makes them remembered today in society,” says Grace Hoak, a student.
Because of the efforts of these three ordinary kids, children and adults from communities all over the world, including our own have become inspired.
“All three of them left behind a legacy of resilience and perseverance,” says Anderson.
“You know you can’t change the situation you are in but you can use it to inspire others,” says Janet Stevenson, a member of Beth Shalom Congregation.
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