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The day that Martin Luther King Jr. died

April 4, 2019 By NCC Staff

It was 51 years ago today that civil rights leader 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.

How far is ERA from being put in the Constitution?

March 8, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

On Monday morning, a crowd – no one knows for sure how big it will be – will gather at a church in Phoenix to start a three-day, 38-mile hike to visit sites symbolic in the history of Arizona women. The distance of the event is itself a symbol: 38 is the number of states it will take to ratify the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Selma: The Shining Moment In The Conscience Of Man

March 7, 2019 By NCC Staff

On March 7, 1965, civil rights activists were attacked by Alabama police 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.

Hiram Revels: The first African-American congressman

February 25, 2019 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1870, an African-American politician was seated in the United States Senate for the first time, but only after Republican leaders rebuffed a challenge based on the infamous Dred Scott decision.

The story behind the Frederick Douglass birthday celebration

February 14, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On February 14, 2019, America will observe the 201st (or 202nd) birthday of the iconic Frederick Douglass. While the year of his birth has been narrowed down to two possible candidates, the actual month and day Douglass was born are still unknown.

Rosa Parks' journey as a civil rights icon

February 4, 2019 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, 2019 By NCC Staff

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

How Martin Luther King Jr.‘s birthday became a holiday

January 21, 2019 By NCC Staff

The fight to make 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 the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.

January 15, 2019 By NCC Staff

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

Happy birthday, Bill of Rights!

December 15, 2018 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!

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