Over the course of his career as an education pioneer and philanthropist, Lowell Milken’s skills, knowledge and experience have demonstrated the power of education to instill in people the impulse to take initiative for the good of others, as well as to awaken the mind, sustain curiosity and strengthen our character. Upon this foundational belief, he established the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes (LMC) in 2007 with Milken Educator and renowned history teacher, Norm Conard. The LMC works with K-12 students and educators around the world to discover and share the stories of ordinary people who made a profound and positive impact on the course of history. LMC inspires each and every one of us to make a positive difference in the world by helping students discover, develop, and communicate the stories of individuals who, often at great personal risk, took action to improve the lives of others.
Students engage in project-based learning as they conduct research then make these stories known through documentaries, plays, websites and visual arts projects. In championing these heroes, students discover their own power and responsibility to improve the lives of others. LMC’s Hall of Unsung Heroes, located in Fort Scott, Kansas, houses a multimedia museum that brings some of the most powerful Unsung Hero projects to life. In addition to a professional development program for educators, LMC holds two international student competitions annually: the Discovery Award and The ArtEffect Project. Students and teachers who work with LMC are provided with a diverse set of resources to see their projects through to completion. The Lowell Milken Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation.
“The discovery of unsung heroes reveals to us that history is not a done deal. Far more than we might think, past, present and future are available for shaping. For when important human actions are uncovered from the past, current and future generations can be joined in purpose.” - Lowell Milken