HOUSTON, TX (June 3, 2005) - Holocaust Museum Houston's Executive Director Susan Llanes-Myers will be honored in New York City on June 7, 2005 as a recipient of the 2005 Spirit of Anne Frank Award given by the The Anne Frank Center USA.
Llanes-Myers will receive the Ina and Jack Polak Outstanding Educator Award during the center's "Anne Frank's 75th Birthday Tribute" at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers in New York City for her efforts in heading what the center called "one of the most respected Holocaust museums in the nation."
Dignitaries expected to be on hand for the event include former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton; Senators Bob Dole, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. Playwright Arthur Miller will receive the center's top honor, the Anne Frank Human Writes Award, posthumously.
In selecting Llanes-Myers for the educator's award, the center noted she has worked in various capacities at the Museum for nearly 10 years and has studied the Holocaust with historians in Poland, Israel and the United States, subsequent to a teaching career for which she received numerous honors in her field.
She was appointed by the International Task Force on the Holocaust to teach Holocaust education to the educators of Romania, and she has received recognition from the White House for her work on reconciling and remembering genocide in Rwanda.
As executive director of the Museum, she has developed several outreach programs, including an educational "trunk" program created in 1998 that circulates trunks of teaching materials on the Holocaust to schools throughout the states. She also launched a hate crimes program in collaboration with the Houston Police Department in 2000.
Llanes-Myers directs several workshops every year at the Museum and personally oversees the development of activities for educators and students to broaden their knowledge of the Holocaust. She is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a master's degree in administration from Texas A&M University.
The Spirit of Anne Frank Awards are bestowed annually by the center on students, educators, citizens and business leaders who embody Anne Frank's ideals, legacy and message about the importance of individual moral courage in standing up to hatred. Recipients are chosen from a national pool of nominees.
Founded in 1977 and based in New York City, the center is a national, multicultural, not-for-profit human rights organization dedicated to assisting young people throughout North America in exploring the causes and consequences of prejudice and discrimination. To accomplish its mission, the center reaches out to middle, high school and college students and their communities with traveling exhibitions, educational programs and special events based on the life and ideals of Anne Frank, to help them examine the difficult issues of discrimination, intolerance and bias-related violence in a positive and constructive way.
Holocaust Museum Houston promotes awareness and educates the public of the dangers of prejudice, hatred and violence against the backdrop of the Holocaust by fostering remembrance, understanding and education. Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston's Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004.
For more information about Holocaust Museum Houston, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.