If you could meet with a disabled rights activist, what would...

For many of Dr. Victor Pineda's audiences around the world, he is the first severely disabled person they've ever met. They still treat him like a rock star.
Runners racing on a track (© Damian Dovarganes/AP Images)

Smithsonian honors Special Olympics athletes and history

A new museum exhibition traces the roots of the Special Olympics organization, focusing on founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver and four accomplished Special Olympians.
Museum exhibit of ancient sculptures (© Joseph Eie/AFP/Getty Images)

Art smugglers, beware: New York’s sleuths are on your trail

Launching an aggressive campaign against the trafficking of cultural property, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has created a new law-enforcement squad dedicated to solving and stopping the theft of antiquities. Find out why this mission is so important.
Koichi Wakata (right) helping Jeanette Epps fasten something on space suit (NASA)

Meet the 1st African-American crew member on the space station

When she blasts off in May 2018, Jeanette Epps will make history as the first African-American crew member on the International Space Station.
People looking at a table (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Washington celebrates Nowruz, the Persian New Year

See how children and adults participated in traditional Persian New Year activities at the Smithsonian's 11th annual Nowruz celebration.

A poet gives voice to all languages

Poet and activist Juan Felipe Herrera draws on his Mexican-American background to write poetry that addresses racial, cultural and political barriers.
Man looking at computer monitor next to pictures of religious leaders on wall (State Dept.)video

Chaplains help those with and without faith at U.S. campuses [video]

Many U.S. universities have chaplains who engage students in dialogues, organize service projects and help out in times of personal crisis.
Proposed U.S. coin designs showing Sally Ride and Maya Angelou (U.S. Mint)

New U.S. coins will honor heroic American women

The U.S. Mint will begin honoring notable American women on currency in 2022. Find out more about two women selected to appear on U.S. quarters.
Elbert Ransom Jr. smiling (State Dept./D. A. Peterson)

Elbert Ransom reminisces about King

Elbert Ransom has advocated for civil rights since he was 17, the age at which he met a 24-year-old Martin Luther King Jr. in Montgomery, Alabama.