In the U.S., democracy begins in the classroom
American students are participating in the democratic process, from choosing classroom leaders to creating change in their communities.
The importance of an independent press
The U.S. deemed free and independent media so essential that press freedom is protected in the Constitution. Find out why.
Why democracy improves a country’s economy
The United States is co-hosting the second Summit for Democracy at the end of March. Learn more about some of democracy's benefits.
People across U.S. rush to aid Türkiye, Syria
People across the United States are donating supplies to Türkiye and Syria. Learn about how they are assisting earthquake survivors.
Stories of Ukraine’s resilience: One year later
Ukrainians found ways to help each other and defend their nation after Russia's forces invaded in 2022. Read some of their stories.
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.
African community leaders take home lessons from U.S.
The Community Engagement Exchange program provides emerging civil society leaders with the tools and resources they need to succeed.
Exhibit explores how Americans work together for a cause
Volunteering is one of the pillars of American democracy. Learn about a Library of Congress exhibit that explores voluntary associations.
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.