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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!

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?

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