Social Activism

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U.S. stands with the global LGBTQI+ community

Through the Global Equality Fund, the United States helps support and defend the rights of the LGBTQI+ community around the world.
Kamala Harris speaking at lectern in front of American flag backdrop (© Michael Perez/AP Images)

Black women have always been leaders for voting rights

Black women have been leaders in the fight for rights for hundreds of years, paving the way for today's Black Americans in politics.
Jill Biden and Antony Blinken standing near lectern (© Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Images)

Blinken: Women lead the charge for human rights, democracy and justice

The 15th annual International Women of Courage Awards recognized 21 women from 15 different countries who fight every day for their communities.
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Free speech: Protecting citizens’ voices advances societies

While many countries punish citizens for expressing their views, the United States protects freedom of speech as vital to democracy.
Ted DeLaney with hands on closed umbrella standing next to old brick building with columns (© Kevin Remington/Washington and Lee)

Black Americans elevated education, fought racism

Washington and Lee University professor Ted DeLaney was an example of the many Black academics who have significantly influenced American academia.
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U.S. Holocaust Museum teaches the warning signs of genocide

The Washington-based museum wants people to know that the Holocaust wasn't inevitable — and that we all have a role in preventing atrocities.
Modern sculpture with image of Rosa Parks formed amid vertical poles (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Charles Welty)

U.S. memorials honor civil rights hero Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks' refusal to take a back seat on an Alabama bus sparked the civil rights movement. Read more about the memorials that pay tribute to her courage.
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.