Creating Possibility | Disallowing Hatred – Hatreds and Their Histories

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Monday April 12

12:00 PM  –  1:00 PM

Living, as we do, in a time of unmitigated hatred, hate crimes, acts of antisemitism and extremism, we must take steps of awareness and action. With programming, to include social media posts and a six-part workshop series (offered virtually), Holocaust Museum Houston takes on a new kind of leadership and outreach.

The goal of the Creating Possibility | Disallowing Hatred Program is to cultivate Upstanders who are aware of the power of hatred in human decision making and to provide community members an opportunity to learn important concepts of history, civic awareness, and social justice. This program empowers community members to reflect and act.

We must find ways to talk and interact with each other beyond boundaries. At the same time, we must create ways to disallow hatred in our culture, two actions that may seem contradictory, but are essential in this time of our society’s history.

In each session of the Creating Possibility | Disallowing Hatred sessions, we will share a critique of a piece of hate rhetoric, extremism, and/or antisemitism, with the goal of educating the community on how to recognize, reflect on and respond to hateful content.

Coordinated with social media outreach, we offer a series of six workshops co-facilitated by Mary Lee Webeck, Ph.D.; Holocaust and Genocide Education Endowed Chair – Celebrating the Life of Survivor Naomi Warren and Beverly Nolan, Ed.D., Chair – Education Advisory Committee, Holocaust Museum Houston.

Please join us to meet two incredible leaders in the fields of disability policy and LGBT rights who will speak about their work and the roles they have played in creating solutions in their respective fields.

Lex Frieden had a life changing experience when he was injured in an accident. Today, he is an American educator, researcher, disability policy expert and disability rights activist. Frieden has been called "a chief architect of the Americans with Disabilities Act." He is also regarded as a founder and leader of the independent living movement by people with disabilities in the U.S.


Phyllis Randolph Frye is a transgender woman and an Associate Judge for the Municipal Courts in Houston. After several careers, Phyllis studied law and became an attorney. She devotes her practice to LGBT rights. Frye is the first openly transgender judge appointed in the United States. She is known as being the “grandmother” of the national, transgender legal and political movement.