Being from Indianapolis, I’ve always known that we had a dope Children’s Museum; but it wasn’t until I was in elementary school that I realized it was the biggest! One day while turning page by page in one of my favorite books, The Guinness Book of World Records, I discovered that we had a huge museum for children…and they keep adding on. To date, the children’s museum is a whopping 472,900 square feet, has 400 employees, and an average budget if $26 million dollars a year. Some of their phenomenal exhibits include The National Geographic: Treasures of the Earth exhibit, The Take Me There exhibit, and The Broad Ripple Park exhibit.
We had the pleasure of going on Christmas Eve when they had free admission for all! While we were there we saw all of the exhibits but our favorite was “The Power of Children: Making a Difference“, a permanent exhibit featuring the stories of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White and the impact these children made on the world.
While in school, I remember reading about Ruby Bridges and I really became obsessed with her story. Although Riley isn’t at an age where she can understand, I wanted to expose her to something that seems like so long ago, but still comes up in recent times.
It also told the story of Anne Frank and Ryan White. Anne Frank was a Jewish diarist who was most known for her letters about her experience in the Holocaust. Ryan White was an American boy in Kokomo, Indiana who was told he could not go back to school after he was diagnosed with AIDS.
This exhibit showcases the lives of three very different teenagers in three very different walks of life. Their stories tell the struggle of being judged because of how you look, who you are, or what you have. Ryan was diagnosed in December of 1984 and given only 6 months to live. He lived 6 more years. Ruby Bridges was escorted into William Frantz Elementary School by four federal marshals in order to avoid protestors. Even though segregated schools had been illegal since the Brown v. Board of Education case in 1954, no states in the American South had taken action to integrate their schools. Anne Frank was courageous enough to write all of her experiences in a diary she received for her birthday. She wrote about her families arrest after being on the run from the Gestapo (Nazi secret police) for so long and eventually being transported to the concentration camps. All of these children did their best to overcome life’s battles. This just shows that people in all walks of life have discrimination hurdles.
Have you heard of any of these activists? Did they affect your life in any way?