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This project is a collaboration between artist Myra Roberts, creator of forty oil paintings featuring excerpts from Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, and journalist Ella Nayor, author of Faces of Tolerance: Everyone Counts.   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.  Anne's words continue to educate humanity about the consequences of intolerance, racism, and discrimination. Myra’s hope is that the exhibit 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 her newest paintings, Malala, and Jyoti, fresh off the easel.  Malala Yousafzai and Jyoti Singh Pandey’s stories are modern examples of Anne’s message and epitomize intolerance-based violence.    

Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani student and women’s rights activist, was shot in the head by the Taliban.  Myra includes this portrait in the series because she believes art is a fundamental form of social commentary and education. Roberts will donate forty percent of the proceeds from the sale of this painting to WADAH, an organization which aims to mitigate poverty by empowering individuals, especially women, through education.    

Myra also includes Jyoti, a tribute portrait of Jyoti Singh Pandey, a tragic victim of rape in India, where women’s rights have recently become a national priority due to public outrage over such incidents.  Forty percent of the sales from this portrait will be donated to a women’s rights activist group, to be determined by the buyer and artist.   

Project Tolerance embodies the belief that we are all human, that we all have the same needs and desires. "We want to be loved, happy, well fed, and safe. Yet, as Anne did in 1942, I question why we continue to destroy others for mere differences of religion, sexual preference or skin color, and a host of other prejudices. I painted these portraits of Anne because she is innocence personified. She was a beautiful soul who saw through the darkness clearly. Decades have passed and her words remain seared in my brain. I want the words to take flight through my paintings. I dream of a world, as Anne did, where we see our oneness, our connection to a better world."

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