The life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

ShareAmerica – Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to the nonviolent struggle for racial equality in the United States. The third Monday in January marks Martin Luther King Day, a U.S. holiday that honors King’s legacy and challenges citizens to engage in volunteer service in their communities. (National Park Service) Beginning the journey Born on January 15, ...
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The president on the 9/11 anniversary: Our values endure

On September 11, “in that hour of darkness, we also came together with renewed purpose,” President Trump said in marking the 16th anniversary of terrorist attacks on America. The president was speaking at the the 9/11 memorial at the Pentagon, one of three U.S. sites attacked on September 11, 2001. He and first lady Melania Trump had ...
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On becoming an ‘ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary’

At the apex of U.S. embassies around the world are diplomats who hold the august title of “ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the United States of America.” Whether one has made a career in the Foreign Service, or in the world of business, in academe or elsewhere, being asked by the president to represent America ...
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The National Museum of African American History and Culture

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more ...
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The new face of U.S. currency: An African-American ‘Lady Liberty’

For the first time in the history of U.S. currency, the United States will make a special gold coin featuring Lady Liberty as an African-American woman. The coin commemorates the 225th anniversary of the Mint, the part of the U.S. Treasury that produces U.S. coins. While the coin, valued at $100, is legal money, people won’t ...
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The many faces of King in America’s cities

ShareAmerica A mural of Martin Luther King Jr. overlooks a Los Angeles parking lot. (© Camilo Vergara) “I just want the most spontaneous ones,” said Camilo Vergara, referring to his photos of street art depicting Martin Luther King Jr., “the ones that came from the gut.” Vergara is a Chilean-American sociologist and photographer who has documented ...
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