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Pearl Harbor’s role in a historic Supreme Court decision

December 7, 2018 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.

10 fascinating facts about Robert F. Kennedy

November 20, 2018 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1925, Robert F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Mass. Kennedy was one of the seminal figures of the 1960s and led a very public life before he was fatally shot on June 5, 1968, at a Los Angeles hotel.

Remembering Frederick Douglass’ escape from slavery

September 3, 2018 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, 2018 By NCC Staff

It was 55 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, 2018 By NCC Staff

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

When the Supreme Court first ruled on affirmative action

June 26, 2018 By NCC Staff

On June 26, 1978, the Supreme Court ruled in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, laying the groundwork for educational standards that still exist today.

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

June 12, 2018 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, 2018 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.

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.

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