Government and Civil Society

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial statue (State Dept.)

Martin Luther King Jr.: Global beacon for human rights

Martin Luther King Jr.'s impact on history has been felt well beyond the United States. Learn why the civil rights leader is honored around the world.

Famous (and not-so-famous) refugees making a difference

Here are some notable examples of famous (and not-so famous) refugees who resettled in the U.S., and went on to achieve success.
Five Lego figurines with NASA logo in foreground (Maia Weinstock)

Lego launches new NASA women figurines

The Danish company Lego announced that its newest set of building blocks will celebrate five women of NASA who took humanity to new heights.

They abandoned their wheelchairs and crawled up the Capitol steps

The "Capitol Crawl" protest for disability rights on March 12, 1990, might have been the single most important catalyst for the passage of the...
Man and elderly woman riding on parade float (© AP Images)

With liberty and justice for all: The advancement of LGBTQI+ rights...

Safeguarding the rights of LGBTQI+ people in the U.S. is part of a tradition of ensuring minority rights that is entwined with U.S. history.
Serena and Venus Williams holding tennis trophies (© Getty Images)

Legendary Williams sisters still redefining tennis at 30+

Tennis players Venus and Serena Williams have made their mark off the tennis courts too, inspiring young women to push for greatness.
Black-and-white portrait of Juman Doley-Alomary (Institute for Social Policy and Understanding)

Arab-American women: Making their mark and sharing their stories

Across the country, Arab-American women are building businesses and careers while supporting their communities and encouraging others to develop and grow.
Illustration of two hands passing money in envelope (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Here’s how to root out government corruption

Corruption can seep into government. What can be done to root it out? Enter the inspector generals. Their job is to combat fraud, waste and abuse.
Mark Zuckerberg (© AP Images)

Influential people and the books that influenced them

Books can have a big impact on us and our lives. Here is a look at the books that have meant the most to five prominent people.