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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.

Happy birthday, Bill of Rights!

December 15, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today we celebrate the anniversary of the first 10 amendments, known as the Bill of Rights (ratified December 15, 1791). Here’s what you need to know!

Pearl Harbor’s role in a historic Supreme Court decision

December 7, 2017 By NCC Staff

One of the most controversial decisions in Supreme Court history was caused by aftershocks of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and it’s still being debated today.

On this day, Rosa Parks wouldn’t give up her bus seat

December 1, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today marks the 62nd anniversary of Rosa Parks’ decision to sit down for her rights on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus, putting the effort to end segregation on a fast track.

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