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  Worksheet: Danielle Maughan
Updated 04 November 2004, 13.00
Anne Frank

Read this profile of a winner of an Anne Frank Award for Moral Courage and answer the questions which follow.

Danielle Maughan
On a school trip to Alton Towers, Danielle overheard a conversation between youths in a queue who were making racist comments about two 11-year old Asian boys.

Rather than taking the easy route of ignoring the comments, and with no time to consider how her peers would react, Danielle intervened, putting herself at risk of being ridiculed.

Without worrying about the consequences Danielle stood up for what she believed was right and challenged the racist comments.

She was at further risk as there was always the possibility that throughout the day at the park she might have encountered the group she had confronted and she had no way of knowing their reaction towards her.

  • Did Danielle do anything out of the ordinary?
  • Why does she deserve an award?
  • What might have happened if Danielle hadn't reacted as she did?
  • How could her actions be linked to standing up against racism on a larger scale (e.g. historical figures)?
  • Does acting on the spur of the moment make you more or less courageous than if you stop to think about what you are doing? Why?

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