Social Activism

Frederick Douglass statue (© Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Frederick Douglass: A symbol of freedom beyond America’s shores

Frederick Douglass' powerful story of his life as a slave and his escape to freedom is inspiring writers and readers far beyond the U.S.
Aerial view of people in the streetsvideo

Venezuelans rise up for their future [video]

On February 2, Venezuelans took to the streets in support of constitutionally appointed interim President Juan Guaidó.
Cartoon drawing of man in tiger suit riding a donkey (© Bettmann/Getty Images)

In the U.S., people power dismantled political machines

A century ago, corrupt political machines that made their leaders rich thrived in U.S. cities. But people came together to reform the system.
Close-up of Nadia Murad (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)

A Nobel winner’s fight for religious freedom [video]

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad survived torture and rape by ISIS. She is an outspoken advocate for the Yazidis of northern Iraq.
Persian leopard at night (© Frans Lantinh, National Geographic Creative)

Why jail wildlife experts?

A Canadian-Iranian dual national — arrested by Iranian authorities for his environmental work and contact with foreigners — died during interrogation.
Nasrin Sotoudeh wearing headscarf (© Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images)

Political prisoners singled out for abuse in Iran

Nasrin Sotoudeh is among the more than 800 political prisoners unlawfully arrested by Iran's security forces. Learn their stories.
Group of cyclists on the road (© Misha Lytvynyuk Photography)

Ukrainian cyclists ride for peace across U.S. and Canada

Learn why these Ukrainian cyclists are riding 10,000 kilometers from Los Angeles to Washington, sharing their experiences and hope for peace along the way.
Young boy gesturing in front of picture of Nelson Mandela gesturing (© Ben Curtis/AP Images)

Nelson Mandela’s legacy of peace lives on

Nelson Mandela would have turned 100 this July. People all over the world are reflecting on what the anti-apartheid icon who died in 2013 means to them.
A mass of protesters (© Iranian Labor News Agency/AP Images)

World hears the voice of the Iranian people

Secretary Pompeo comments on the continuing protests in Iran over the ruling elite's mismanagement of the economy and other failed government policies.