social activism

Large crowd of people on a bridge, with one hand reaching skyward (© Gerald Herbert/AP Images)

Explore the trail of the U.S. civil rights movement

A new website,, uses 360-degree videos, historical comparison photos, interviews and interactive maps to guide visitors along important civil rights sites across the southern United States.
Five people standing in a line with awards (The White House)

Vice president’s wife attends Holocaust remembrance ceremony in Israel

Karen Pence, the wife of the U.S. vice president, honors two Israelis who are active in ensuring the world never forgets the horror of the Holocaust.
Martin Luther King Jr. placing religious hood on Wyatt Tee Walker (© Bettmann/Getty Images)

Remembering a top aide of Martin Luther King Jr.

Wyatt Tee Walker, who died January 23, 2018, helped Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham Jail" get to a national audience.
Students gathering in protest (© AP Images)

Using social media, Iranians fight for a better future

The Iranian regime cuts off internet access to shut down communication among the protesters. The world protests this tech censorship.
Girl speaking at lectern in front of large group of people at the Lincoln Memorial (State Dept.)

Students embrace the words of Martin Luther King Jr. [video]

On Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, January 15, fifth-graders from a Washington school recite King's most famous speech from the Lincoln Memorial steps.
Girl holding flowerpot on city street (© AP Images)

Getting child labor out of supply chains

Ten percent of the world’s children are used for child labor. Learn what some U.S. organizations are doing to reduce that by cleaning up supply chains.
Woman in wheelchair speaking from stage (D.A. Peterson/State Dept.)

Activists look to U.S. as they promote disability rights

After visiting the U.S., Grace Jerry and Juan Angel de Gouveia used what they learned about disability rights to make changes in their own countries.
Young girl at typewriter and two other people in classroom (© Brian Messenger/Perkins School for the Blind)

Meeting the world’s need for teachers of deaf-blind children

A U.S. school has launched a global effort to train 1 million teachers with the skills to help deaf-blind children fulfill their potential.
Grid of 7 portraits (State Dept./D. Peterson)

Heroes in the fight against human trafficking

The State Department recognized eight people from around the world as "heroes" in fighting human trafficking. Read the stories of two of them.