Conversations for Change
Scheduled to open in spring, 2021, Uprooting Prejudice tells an important story that speaks to the mission of the Holocaust Center.
We began the curation process in 2019 guided by a Steering Committee led by Board Member Carol Clark. Their role is to provide strategic oversight throughout the entire process.
The information below outlines the reasons behind our decision to proceed and provides a high level overview of the vision for the exhibition.
National and Local Trends
Our mission has remained unchanged since 1986. Our visionary founder, Tess Wise, believed that by studying the historic, social, moral and ethical lessons of the Holocaust, history would never be allowed to repeat itself. And still…
- In 2019, the ADL reported a surge in antisemitic incidents with a dramatic increase in physical assaults.
- Personal attacks motivated by bias or prejudice reached an all time high in 2018, according to the F.B.I.
- The Holocaust Center continues to receive reports of hate related incidents in our local K-12 schools.
A Chance Encounter
“How can you hate me when you don’t even know me?” The question became a conversation starter and life changer for Davis after an encounter with a KKK member in the 1980’s.
This exhibit will focus on the hope-filled activism of Daryl Davis. As a legendary blues musician, he devoted his life not only to the power of music, but also to the power of peace building via courageous and thoughtful dialogue.
Over the course of many years, Daryl bravely befriended members of the Ku Klux Klan. His persistent and deep conversations with white supremacists led to over 200 individuals leaving the white nationalist movement — with many of them giving their robes to Daryl.
Central Theme: Change Can Happen
The amazing stories of Daryl’s heroism will be displayed for the first time in our Museum. This exhibit will show the history and culture of hate and injustice. It will also highlight the power we have as a community to become activists and to create cultures of equity, respect and compassion.
We will examine words, symbols and tools of hate and more importantly, impactful stories that prove that change can happen. Daryl viewed every conversation as an opportunity to plant a new seed. The exhibit ends by posing the question:
“What new seed will you plant?”
We have developed a program task force consisting of a diverse group of arts, civic and community organizations that will help to provide ideas and feedback for programs such as Table Talk: Conversations over dinner, speakers and panels (including Daryl and former supremacists), workshops, films, and more!
Request for Funding
We need your help to plant seeds and bring about these vital conversations for change!
The leaves on an Uprooting Prejudice tree can be named for gifts of $1,000 or more (recognition will be provided online and onsite with the exhibit).
Special thanks to our sponsors for making this exhibit possible:
Francis and Joseph Victor Fund at Central Florida Foundation