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How 150 Americans took over a building and changed disability law

Forty years ago a law gave civil rights protections to people with disabilities. But activists fought for those rights with a monthlong sit-in.

Media freedom is important. Here’s what you can do.

Journalists are threatened worldwide more than ever before, yet a free press is key to a healthy, equitable 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.

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...

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

Safeguarding the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in the U.S. is part of a tradition of ensuring minority rights.
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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.
Two Syrian girls laugh together in a refugee camp

They go to school in a tent, far from home. Can...

Since fleeing civil war, Hayat and her cousin Yamama have lived in tents with their families in a settlement in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. But are...

Helping refugees make a home in the U.S.

When refugees arrive in the U.S. they receive help from resettlement organizations, sponsors, volunteers and neighbors.