civic equality

Sara Minkara showing two children how to use cane (© Tom Fitzsimmons)

State Department’s Sara Minkara, champion of disability rights

Sara Minkara built a career as an advocate for people with disabilities. Learn what she is doing now at the State Department.
People walking around Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (© Patrick Semansky/AP Images)

Martin Luther King Jr.’s day of service [video]

On the holiday recognizing Martin Luther King Jr., many Americans honor him by performing acts of service for their communities.
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How public parks honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Learn about the significance of parks and trails named after Martin Luther King Jr. and how parks, and access to them, shaped his activism.
Desmond Tutu laughing (© Mike Hutchings/Reuters)

‘A gift to all humanity’: Remembering Desmond Tutu

A tireless advocate for human rights and democracy, Desmond Tutu inspired people the world over. See how Americans are paying tribute.
Photo of Josephine Baker in military uniform, saluting, projected on building with red, white and blue lights (© Antoine Gyori/Corbis/Getty Images)

Life of legend Josephine Baker honored in Paris

Legendary dancer, singer, actress and civil rights activist Josephine Baker was honored at Paris' Panthéon on November 30. Learn more.
Illustration of silhouetted people in gender icon with rays shooting out of circle and phrase 'gender equity' (State Dept./M. Gregory; Image: © melitas/

Fostering equity and equality for all

The Biden-Harris administration has an ambitious 10-point strategy to achieve gender equity. See what the plan involves.
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Biden kicks off Summit for Democracy with ambitious new initiatives

In a first-of-its-kind virtual event, President Biden convened world leaders to find ways to bolster democracy and unveiled new U.S. plans.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken sitting in front of two U.S. flags and two signs reading Summit for Democracy (State Dept./Freddie Everett)

Youth around the world advocate for democracy

Young leaders sat down with Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss the challenges and successes of activism around the world.
Washington Monument standing in front of sky and clouds (State Dept.)

The future of democracy [video]

Democracy is how voices are heard and progress is made. Watch how living up to the ideals of liberty and equality takes constant work.