Recipient of 2016
WGCU Maker Award!
Fort Myers, Florida -- WGCU Public Media, in partnership with the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and the Women’s Fund of Southwest Florida, has chosen Myra Roberts as one of five “2016 Makers: Women Who Make Southwest Florida.”
Nominated by the public, the selection of Roberts was based on her impact in the arts and social justice in Southwest Florida.
The purpose of Project Tolerance is to promote tolerance and social justice for all people.
In Myra’s series, Anne Frank serves as a symbol to represent all victims of intolerance from the past and present. The Holocaust stands alone as an unprecedented event, but oppression of populations continues today.
Myra’s hope is that her continuing project educates the next generation to build a better world based on mutual respect.
“I have always loved the words of Anne Frank. Anne has a universal message that transcends time. She believes that when the war is over she will be a "human being" and not a Jew who must be in hiding or be destroyed.”
The collection features Malala (above), a portrait of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani student and women’s rights activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban. Her story is a modern example of Anne’s message and epitomizes intolerance-based violence.
The collection also features Sophie Scholl, who was born in 1921. The German Lutheran joined the anti-Nazi White Rose organization while a university student. The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation states that members of the White Rose were “secretly writing pamphlets calling for the end of the war and strongly denouncing the inhuman acts of the Nazis.”
Because of her involvement, she was tried and executed by guillotine at age 21 by the People’s Court in Germany.
Project Tolerance embodies the belief that we are all human, that we all have the same needs and desires.
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