Constitution Daily

Smart conversation from the National Constitution Center

Civil Rights

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?

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.

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.

Sign up for our email newsletter