Democracy thrives when informed, active, and humane citizens coexist with institutions that uphold the rule of law and shared values. Yet we see every day how fragile democracy can be. Investigate cornerstones of successful democracies, including religious freedom, a free press, media literacy, and living with difference.
Marian Anderson, African American opera singer, performs for an estimated crowd of 75,000 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939. Barred from performing at Constitution Hall due to her race, Anderson instead performed at the Lincoln Memorial to an integrated crowd.
This is African American opera singer Marian Anderson's view from the Lincoln Memorial as she performed to an integrated crowd of 75,000. After barred from performing at Constitution Hall due to her race, she performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial instead.
During the 1963 Chicago Public Schools Boycott, 225,000 students protested racial segregation and unequal conditions in Chicago's schools. This video features footage of the boycott and student participants' eyewitness accounts.