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The Voting Rights Act at 55

Prior to 1965, African Americans in the South were often blocked from voting. But an important law remedied that, and altered the U.S. political landscape.
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U.S. ‘game changers’ continue to lead tech innovation

The World Economic Forum has honored many U.S. companies for technological advances. See how U.S. innovators are improving how we live.
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Historically black colleges and universities offer success

Historically black colleges and universities have served students for over a century and can lead to success in the 21st century.
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Unalienable rights are central to who Americans are

Americans’ commitment to unalienable rights has proved a beacon of hope for those abroad pursuing their own liberties, Secretary Pompeo says.
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From civil rights activist to member of Congress: Remembering John Lewis

Civil rights hero John Lewis passed away July 17, after battling cancer since December. Learn more about his life and legacy here.
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Watershed disabilities law strengthens U.S. firms

Read on to learn how the Americans with Disabilities Act empowered Trevor Hutchinson to request accommodations that boosted his work performance.
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This 1990 disabilities law ushered in a new era

Happy 30th birthday to the ADA, a comprehensive law protecting Americans with disabilities. Learn more about how the law helps them live their best life.
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Authoritarian regimes’ unclear laws make anyone a suspect

The U.S. Constitution requires laws to be specific to prevent arbitrary enforcement. See how some other governments use vague laws to target their citizens.
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How anyone can request government records

In the United States, anyone can use the Freedom of Information Act to find out what the government is doing and how it's doing it.