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​​​​​From its inception in 1917, Boys Town welcomed every child regardless of race, religion or creed. At the time, many believed such integration was scandalous. There were threats and condemnation. But Father Flanagan was steadfast in rejecting all forms of discrimination, and he embraced every child who needed hope, a helping hand and a home.​

“I know when the idea of a boys' home grew in my mind, I never thought of anything remarkable about taking in all of the races and all of the creeds. To me, they are all God's children. They are my brothers. They are children of God. I must protect them to the best of my ability."​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ 
– Father Edward J Flanagan, Boys Town Founder​

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How the Principles of Diversity Shaped Boys Town

How Boys Town Became a “Town”


Father Flanagan #TeachLove


The Stories This Bus Could Tell


The Singing Show Wagon


Stories of Inclusion

Dan's Story


Pyper's Story


Success Stories

​Teaching Kids to Understand and Celebrate Differences:

Today, Boys Town remains committed to the ideals of tolerance, respect, equality and fairness. It's a lesson that needs to be heard and taught in every home… now more than ever.

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The Judgemental Flower

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