Speaking Up! Confronting Hate Speech

Speaking Up! Confronting Hate Speech will underscore the ways in which words can lead to genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. The exhibition will provide historical and current examples drawing out the connection between speech and the commission of atrocities, while examining the strategies that might be deployed to counter what we call “hate speech.”

Speaking Up! will focus on three key questions:

  • Is there a connection between hate speech, hate crimes, and atrocities?
  • How does hate speech divide societies politically?
  • How does hate speech contribute to polarization among people?

Speaking Up! Confronting Hate Speech is curated by Holocaust Museum Houston in partnership with Leora Kahn, Ph.D.; PROOF: Media for Social Justice; David J. Simon, Director, Genocide Studies Program, Yale University; and the Genocide Center in Johannesburg, South Africa. Following its opening in Houston, the exhibition will travel to other sites throughout the U.S., South Africa, and Australia.

December 10, 2021 - August 28, 2022

Lester and Sue Smith Human Rights Gallery

M: Closed
T-W: 10 am to 5 pm
Th: 10 am to 8 pm
F-Sa: 10 am to 5 pm
Su: Noon to 5 pm


Exhibition Co-Chairs
Peter Chang, M.D., Ph.D. and Nancy Li-Tarim

Lead Sponsors
Gina and Jarvis Cheung

Drs. Paul and May Chu
Foley & Lardner LLP / Hoang Quan Vu
Lily and Charles Foster
Maggie and Jay Hwang
Mandy and William Kao
Tracy and Rocky Lai
Alice and Mark Lee
Annie and Kenneth Li

Friend Sponsors

Wu Bi and DongQuan Su
Michael and Cynthia Chang
Lynn Chou and Jet Lin
Dr. Jianwei Feng
Cecil and Betty Fong

Lee, Huang & Associates
Vivian Li
Josephine Olmstead LL.M., MBA

Linda and Ted Wu
Hugh Zhang and Lulu Tan