Americans Mark Martin Luther King Holiday Amid Pandemic, Political Violence

Americans celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday amid a global pandemic that has forced many events to be moved online and at a time when the country is facing threats of political violence surrounding the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.   

Timeline of MLK Assassination, Investigation Into His Killing

April 23, 1998 — Ray dies in prison from kidney and liver disease at age 70.

MLK Day Marked by Trump Criticism, Pledges to Fight Racism

Down the street from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida, on Monday, Trump protesters and supporters yelled at each other from opposing corners. Trump was staying at the resort for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Video posted by WPEC-TV showed several hundred pro-Haiti demonstrators yelling from one side of the street Monday […]

Trump Signs Proclamation Honoring Martin Luther King

As he signed the proclamation and shook hands with dignitaries, the president ignored reporters’ questions regarding comments he made during a White House meeting on immigration Thursday. The president used vulgar language to describe Haiti and African nations.

Americans Celebrate Slain Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr.

In 1979, after 10 years of petitions from millions of citizens, lawmakers held an official hearing to discuss the idea of a King holiday. That first initiative failed, with many opponents questioning whether King deserved the same respect as George Washington, the nation’s first president who is honored with a federal holiday.

US Honors Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The nation’s attention began to focus on the civil rights movement in the mid-1950s when a young black preacher, Martin Luther King, Jr., led the successful drive to desegregate public buses in Montgomery, Ala. King organized non-violent protests against southern segregation, the struggle for black equality and voting rights. On January 20, 2014, Americans pay […]

Pandemic Worsens Challenges Faced by Girls Globally

Thompson, who also co-chairs with Aria Grabowski, Girls Not Brides USA, part of the global coalition trying to halt child marriage, said during such times of crisis, the planning to counter “gendered forms of violence, including child marriage, falls by the wayside.”

Understanding US Senate Runoff Elections in Georgia

The outcome of these elections will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate. Currently, Republicans hold a 50-48 margin. If they win one of the two seats, they retain control of the 100-seat Senate. Democrats need to win both runoff elections to control the Senate because the U.S. vice president casts a vote in case […]

US Capitol Shut Down Temporarily Over Nearby Fire

Public safety and law enforcement responded to a small fire in the area of 1st and F streets SE, Washington, D.C. that has been extinguished. Out of an abundance of caution the U.S. Capitol complex was temporarily shutdown. There is no threat to the public.

These teams faced pressure to change their Native American names. Here’s what’s happened since

“We celebrate Black Hawk’s legacy by offering ongoing reverent examples of Native American culture, traditions and contributions, providing a platform for genuine dialogue with local and national Native American groups. As the team’s popularity grew over the past decade, so did that platform and our work with these important organizations.”