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The Politics of Place-Naming

Students use an online geographic information system (GIS) to uncover the geographic and social context of streets named after Martin Luther King, Jr....

Supreme Court Swears in First African-American Justice

On October 2, 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first African-American justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Cesar Chavez Day

On March 31, 1927, Mexican American labor organizer Cesar Chavez was born in Yuma, Arizona. Today, several states recognize March 31 as Cesar Chavez D...

Rhode Island Gains Independent Charter

On July 8, 1663, King Charles II granted a charter to the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, part of British holdings in North America...

Brown v. Board

On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court outlawed racial segregation in public schools in its landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling.

Title IX

On June 23, 1972, Title IX of the Civil Rights Act went into effect, prohibiting discrimination in all educational programs receiving federal funding....

Thousands March for Woman Suffrage

On March 3, 1913, thousands of people marched from the Capitol in Washington, D.C., to support woman suffrage in the United States.

The Underground Railroad in Indiana

Indiana: Crossroads of Freedom! Find out how Hoosiers played a role in the Underground Railroad in this article.

The Impact of the JFK Assassination on American Politics

Students analyze the impact of John F. Kennedy’s death on the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act. Students analyz...

Women's Lib

What's "women's lib"?

Civil Right’s ‘Bloody Sunday’

On March 7, 1965, police and a citizen “posse” attacked marchers attempting to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, an event ...

Happy Birthday, Albert Einstein

On March 14, 1879, physicist Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany.

Ray Charles Tops the Charts

On June 2, 1962, Ray Charles’ version of “I Can’t Stop Loving You” topped the charts, unifying elements of country, soul, jazz...

Equal Pay Act of 1963

On June 10, 1963, the Equal Pay Act was signed into law by President John F. Kennedy. The act outlawed paying men and women different wages for the ...

'I Have a Dream' Speech

On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave the closing address at the March on Washington, a civil rights event in Washington, D.C.

Nelson Mandela Freed

On February 11, 1990, Nelson Mandela was freed from Robben Island Prison, South Africa. 

Susan B. Anthony Illegally Votes

On November 5, 1872, American civil rights activist Susan B. Anthony voted in a presidential election.

Happy Birthday, Eleanor Roosevelt!

On October 11, 1884, the future “First Lady of the World,” Eleanor Roosevelt, was born in New York City, New York.

U.S. Suspends Olympic Medalists

On October 18, 1968, the United States Olympic Committee suspended gold and bronze medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos for their behavior, supporti...

March on Washington

There was more to the 1963 March on Washington than “I Have a Dream”—learn a little about it here.

Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance is a program of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Its mission is to reduce bias and promote equity in schools throughout the United ...

The Selma-to-Montgomery Marches

Article on how civil rights activists marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and helped the Voting Rights Act of 1965 pass.

International Day of Non-Violence

On October 2, 2007, the United Nations first celebrated the International Day of Non-Violence.