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The Lovings paved the way for interracial marriages

Valentine's Day celebrates love, but it was once illegal for interracial couples to marry in certain U.S. states. The Lovings helped eliminate those laws.
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U.N. rebukes Maduro for torture, executions, disappearances

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and a 2020 independent U.N. report detail Maduro's human rights abuses in Venezuela.
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U.S. Holocaust Museum teaches the warning signs of genocide

The Washington-based museum wants people to know that the Holocaust wasn't inevitable — and that we all have a role in preventing atrocities.
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U.S. memorials honor civil rights hero Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks' refusal to take a back seat on an Alabama bus sparked the civil rights movement. Read more about the memorials that pay tribute to her courage.
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Biden ends discriminatory immigration bans

President Biden has revoked an executive order and three proclamations that restricted immigration visas for people from many Muslim and African countries.
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At these schools, every day is Martin Luther King Day

In the U.S., dozens of schools are named after civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. Learn how three of them embody his teachings all year.
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How the Amistad helped America live up to its ideals

The Amistad case helped dozens of Africans escape slavery and forced America to live up to its founding ideals. Read more about it here.
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Report: China uses big data to identify Uyghurs for detention

New evidence shows China's Communist Party is using big data to target Uyghurs for detention based on lawful activities, a rights group says.
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Violations of religious freedom persist worldwide

The U.S. has designated governments that violate religious freedom. Find out which nations are not protecting this essential right.