History Stories
CATEGORY: Civil Rights Movement
For Martin Luther King Jr., Nonviolent Protest Never Meant ‘Wait and See’
January 12, 2018

In later speeches, his language became more assertive, as he urged those with privilege to reject the comfort of the status quo—and jump into the fray. Read More

The Fight for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 10, 2018

It took 15 years of fighting for MLK Day to be declared a national holiday—but some states pair it with a holiday celebrating Confederate leader Robert E. Lee. Read More

What’s Next for 2018?
December 15, 2017

Our team of historians, experts and thought leaders have come up with lessons of the past to help us understand the future. Read More

How Doug Jones Brought KKK Church Bombers to Justice
December 13, 2017

Jones helped convict two men nearly 40 years after their crimes. Read More

Before the Bus, Rosa Parks Was a Sexual Assault Investigator
December 8, 2017

Why has history left out this piece of Rosa Parks' story? Read More

AP Government Students Will Likely Get an A for the Congressional Bill They Wrote
October 27, 2017

The students’ bill could release classified documents about cold Civil Rights cases. Read More

Thurgood Marshall Had a Secret Relationship with the FBI
October 12, 2017

Did it help or hurt the civil rights movement? Read More

The Story Behind the Famous Little Rock Nine ‘Scream Image’
September 1, 2017

It didn't end when Central High School was integrated. Read More

Same Date, 8 Years Apart: From Emmett Till’s Murder to ‘I Have a Dream’, in Photos
August 28, 2017

Eight years to the day of Till’s death, some 250,000 people gathered in the nation’s capital for the iconic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Read More

One of D.C.’s Best Statues is Hidden in Plain Sight Outside a Starbucks
August 21, 2017

It's easy to miss this striking civil rights monument at Union Station. Read More