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Remembering Frederick Douglass’ escape from slavery

September 3, 2017 By NCC Staff

Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery on September 3, 1838, aided by a disguise and job skills he had learned while forced to work in Baltimore's shipyards.

10 fascinating facts about the “I Have A Dream” speech

August 28, 2017 By NCC Staff

It was 54 years ago today that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech as part of the March on Washington. So how much do you know about the speech, and the events that led up to it?

On this day, the Seneca Falls Convention begins

July 19, 2017 By Symone Mazzotta

On July 19, 1848, the first women's rights convention in the United States began at Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, New York.

Video: Remembering Birmingham

June 16, 2017 By NCC Staff

Survivor Sarah Collins Rudolph, Washington Post editor Steven Levingston, and Philadelphia Orchestra composer-in-residence Hannibal Lokumbe discuss how the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church impacted the meaning of “equality” in America and how local events can bring about constitutional change.

On this day: Supreme Court rejects anti-interracial marriage laws

June 12, 2017 By NCC Staff

On June 12, 1967, the Supreme Court issued its Loving v. Virginia decision, which blocked states from passing laws that banned inter-racial marriages. Here is a brief recap of the this landmark civil rights case.

On this day, all Indians made United States citizens

June 2, 2017 By NCC Staff

On June 2, 1924, President Calvin Coolidge signed into law the Indian Citizenship Act, which marked the end of a long debate and struggle, at a federal level, over full birthright citizenship for American Indians.

A rite of passage for “G.G.” — now Gavin Grimm

May 25, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Gavin Grimm, the Virginia youth who has been praised by federal judges for his maturity in pursuing his legal claims as a transgender boy, has now officially become the master of his case.

Judge finds new legal protection for transgender people

May 20, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

For the first time, a federal disability rights law has been interpreted to give legal protection to transgender people against discrimination. A Pennsylvania judge did so by giving a narrow reading to a phrase in that law that says it does not apply to individuals with “gender identity disorders.”

Is the American free speech consensus under attack?

May 3, 2017 By Nicandro Iannacci

A rapidly changing nation has given new voice and urgency to critiques of strong free speech protections.

A new delay in high-profile case on transgender rights

April 8, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

A 17-year-old transgender youth in Virginia will go to his high school graduation in June without knowing whether he will win his high-profile lawsuit seeking legal equality at school. In the meantime, however, he has won high praise from two federal judges for his personal crusade.

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