First woman on a president’s Cabinet put workers first
Learn more about the first woman to serve as secretary of labor and hold a Cabinet position in the United States.
The enduring legacy of Judith Heumann [video]
Judith Heumann, who died March 4, spent more than five decades working for the rights of people with disabilities.
A distinctive sign language thrives among Black Americans
Meet Carolyn McCaskill, a deaf American who educates the world about Black American Sign Language and the people who use it.
Honoring human rights defenders
Labor and women's rights activists, a journalist and a surgeon are among recipients of the 2023 Human Rights Defender Awards.
Leaders take on North America’s biggest challenges
Learn more about what President Biden and other North American leaders discussed in terms of shared solutions to multiple challenges.
Can a name become a metaphor for civil rights?
Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy lives on in the U.S. in part through thousands of things named after him. Learn how that tradition began.
What does January 1 signify in Lincoln’s legacy?
Learn how the Emancipation Proclamation paved the way for abolishing slavery and why President Lincoln considered it his finest achievement.
Supporting human rights defenders
Human rights defenders face dangers for their efforts to protect universally recognized rights. Learn the State Department's role
City leaders pledge to strengthen democracy
City leaders from around the world, from Argentina to South Africa, exchanged ideas about strengthening democracy.