civil society

American flag showing gift of cows from Maasai people to U.S. after 9/11 (Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum, Gift of Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah and the Maasai people of Kenya, Photo by Matt Flynn)

Why September 12 matters so much to America

Countries around the world showed kindness to the United States after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.
Nelson Mandela smiling (© AP Images)

What do Nelson Mandela, George Washington and a Roman consul have...

What do Nelson Mandela, George Washington and Roman consul Cincinnatus have in common? Each walked away from political power.
Illustration of public official crowdsurfing on crowd's hands (State Dept./D. Thompson)

A TV contest makes officials famous for doing good

Rather than shame corrupt officials, the Integrity Idol TV contest honors the most honest officials and treats them like rock stars.
Large house (Library of Congress)

Civil rights heroes and the homes they lived in

The heroes of the civil rights movement helped reduce the barriers that excluded African Americans from equal treatment. Here are some of their homes.
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Diaspora Voices

On March 8 the State Department will host #DiasporaVoices, a live-streamed interactive video webchat for diaspora communities.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial viewed through trees (© AP Images)

The life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to the nonviolent struggle for racial equality in the United States. His legacy still inspires millions.
President Obama with text reading 'Obama on Race' (State Dept./ J. Maruszewski)

Answers on race in Obama’s own words

Americans are revisiting race relations after recent killings of African Americans and of police. Here's what President Obama says.
Face painted over pothole in street (Twitter)

Satire: The best way to expose corruption or injustice?

If you can find a way to entertain people as well as inform them about a serious issue, you may have a powerful tool for change at your disposal.
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Violence against women and girls harms everyone

Violence against women and girls is a serious problem worldwide, but it is preventable through effective laws that protect them.