Social Activism

Taxicabs lined on city street at night (© Kholood Eid/The New York Times/Redux)

How do journalists win Pulitzers?

Pulitzer Prizes recognize impactful American journalism, whether it's in the form of words, cartoons, photos or the spoken word. Learn why that matters.
Children playing next to mural depicting Martin Luther King Jr. (© David Butow/Corbis/Getty Images)

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.
Hands in handcuffs resting on table around microphone held by gloved hand (State Dept./D. Thompson)

The truth behind China’s forced confessions

The Chinese Communist Party coerces confessions from critics and human rights activists and then publicizes the confessions for propaganda.
Group of protesters holding signs, making fists, shouting (© Matias Delacroix/AP Images)

Venezuelans protest for teachers and basic services

During September and early October, hundreds of protesters took to the streets across Venezuela to demand a better quality of life.
Melania Trump standing in front of White House with group of children (White House/Andrea Hanks)

Kids use art to honor women’s right to vote

First lady Melania Trump and the Office of the White House Curator launched an art exhibition to honor the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
Protesters on the National Mall (© AP Images)

Americans march

Marching and protesting are integral aspects of what it means to exercise freedom of speech and what it means to stand together in unity.
John Lewis holding hands with children, leading others in march down hallway (© Carlos Gonzalez/The New York Times)

Graphic novel brings John Lewis’ story to a new generation

Learn how an unconventional memoir by the late John Lewis and his two collaborators is helping young people learn about the civil rights struggle.
Man sitting holding chin with his hand (© Arif Hudaverdi Yaman/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Iran’s regime targets critics’ relatives to silence dissent

Iran's regime jails relatives of activists to silence critics living abroad. Learn more about the regime's pattern of punishing families.
Compilation of two photos of students, one modern and one historic (© National Geographic Image Collection/Alamy Stock Photo, © Glasshouse Images/Alamy Stock Photo)

Historically black colleges and universities offer success

Historically black colleges and universities have served students for over a century and can lead to success in the 21st century.