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King’s indignant message in “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

April 16, 2018 By Jonathan Rieder

Jonathan Rieder from Barnard College looks at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” and how its values reflected the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence without mentioning those documents directly.

The day that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. died

April 4, 2018 By NCC Staff

It was 50 years ago today that civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed by an assassin’s bullet in Memphis. The world has changed greatly since 1968, but King’s message survives intact.

Selma: The Shining Moment In The Conscience Of Man

March 7, 2018 By NCC Staff

On March 7, 1965, civil rights activists were attacked by Alabama police fought near a bridge in Selma, Alabama, in a moment that shocked a nation and helped lead to the Voting Rights Act. Today, the images are still shocking and the debate over voting rights remains unsettled.

Rosa Parks' journey as a civil rights icon

February 4, 2018 By NCC Staff

On the occasion of Rosa Park’s birthday, Constitution Daily looks at her journey from a childhood in the segregated south to her enduring status as a civil rights icon.

Thurgood Marshall: A retrospective

January 24, 2018 By NCC Staff

On January 24, 1993, retired Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall died at the age of 84. Marshall was the best-known litigators of his generation, and the Court’s first African-American member.

How Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday became a holiday

January 15, 2018 By NCC Staff

The fight to make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a holiday took 32 years, a lot of campaigning, and guest appearances including Stevie Wonder, Ted Kennedy, and the National Football League.

Five interesting facts on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s birthday

January 15, 2018 By NCC Staff

Constitution Daily looks back at the inspirational story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and uncovers some interesting facts about the late civil rights leader’s life.

Constitution Hall Pass: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15, 2018 By NCC Staff

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. saw himself as a servant of humanity and wanted his life to be remembered as a life of service to others. Watch this video about his life and Dr. King's use of nonviolence to demonstrate service to others.

How Dr. King cited the Constitution in his Mountaintop speech

January 15, 2018 By NCC Staff

On April 3, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his last public speech, which referenced the Bible and the Constitution. His words still inspire millions today.

Transgender people allowed to join military

December 30, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Forgoing, for now, a request to the Supreme Court to bar transgender individuals from enlisting in the military, the Trump Administration announced on Friday night that it would open the ranks to them beginning on Monday.

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