Civic Equality

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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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Six remarkable women honored posthumously

Learn more about the six phenomenal women recently inducted into the storied National Women's Hall of Fame and why they made the cut.
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What does January 1 signify in Lincoln’s legacy?

Learn how the Emancipation Proclamation paved the way for abolishing slavery and why President Lincoln considered it his finest achievement.
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Equality for Americans with disabilities: A timeline

Learn about some landmark events that led to the Americans with Disabilities Act, which protects from discrimination in all areas of life.
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Ending violence against women: A human rights imperative

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Learn how the U.S. is tackling this issue around the world.
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The Dayton Accords: 25 years of peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The United States helped end a bloody war in Bosnia and Herzegovina with a peace agreement reached in Dayton, Ohio, 25 years ago.
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Nations urge China to end human rights abuses

The Chinese Communist Party is one of the worst human rights abusers in the world. Learn more about how Beijing represses its people.
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Strict U.S. Army rules allow for religious freedom

The U.S. Army embraces diversity by allowing soldiers to adhere to articles of faith on dress and grooming. Read more about the military's recent policy.