Illustration of Martin Luther King Jr. above street sign bearing his name (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Where streets have one name: Martin Luther King Jr.

February is Black History Month. Learn what inspired dozens of countries to name thousands of streets after Martin Luther King Jr.
Four heads of presidents carved into the side of a mountain, Mount Rushmore (© AP Images)

Presidents memorialized

Around the United States, numerous memorials — some famous, some obscure — honor those people who served as U.S. president.
Pope Francis holding candle (© Gregorio Borgia/AP Images)

Pope Francis speaks of religion as a uniting force

All may practice their religious faiths freely in the United States, and American society is enriched by this diversity of religions.
Bird flying through dramatic cloudscape (© Simon Alvinge/Alamy)

Why religious freedom matters to Americans

Freedom of religion is a key value to Americans and is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Learn more about it.
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The right to religious freedom [video]

Religious freedom is a universal human right and a founding principle of the United States.
Miniature crèche scene with animals (D.A. Peterson/State Dept.)

Holiday treasures at Washington’s National Cathedral

Discover a seasonal treat at Washington's National Cathedral, which offers an annual exhibition of nativity scenes from around the world.
Two rock guitarists performing onstage (© David Richard/AP Images)

Rock greats await Hall of Fame’s verdict [video]

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's first honorees gave birth to rock, rhythm and blues. New members soon will be announced.
Compilation of close-ups of Elvis Presley, Babe Ruth, and Antonin Scalia (© AP Images)

Trump honors 7 extraordinary Americans

President Trump has added the names of "seven extraordinary Americans" to the list of recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Three people standing in front of hedge (© Emily Berl/State Dept.)

Exploring religious freedom and diversity in the U.S.

Religious freedom is a founding principle of the U.S. A group of international visitors traveled the U.S. for an up-close look at religion in American life.