A Hat Tip to Josef Miles, age 9

On May 12, 2012 a 9 year old boy passed Westboro Baptist Church protesters at Washburn University Campus. He lettered a sign and opposed the protest. He took an important symbolic stand.

Nine-year-old Josef Miles felt the urge to make his own counter-protest sign upon encountering protestors from the Westboro Baptist Church during Graduation Day activities Saturday on the Washburn University campus. Securing a small sketchpad and pencil from his mother, he created his own sign that read simply, “God Hates No One.” Photo by Morris News Service

Thanksgiving Weekend, 1938: Eleanor Roosevelt attended the Southern Conference for Human Welfare. Police Commissioner Bull Connor took a bullhorn to the meeting instructing blacks and whites to sit separately.

Eleanor Roosevelt took her folding chair and sat in the center of the aisle. (links to oral history of event by Virginia Foster Durr).

Rose Blanche, an excellent children’s book inspired by the true actions of the members of The White Rose: The Student Resistance Against Hitler, Munich 1942-43

Rose Blanche by Christopher Gallaz and illustrated by Roberto Innocenti

Hans and Sophie Scholl, Christoph Probst, Willi Graf, Alexander Schmorell, and Professor Kurt Huber were the key members of the White Rose. To this day, the White Rose stands for courage, bravery and political responsibility.


A white rose for you Josef, I would love to have you visit my library.

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
Jane Goodall

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