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.
Mazisi Kunene (1930-2006), a South African poet, educator and activist, was an active supporter and organizer of the anti-apartheid movement in Europe and Africa. He later became South Africa’s poet laureate.
Marcel Breuer became a master at the Bahaus 1924, when the cabinetmaking and metal workshops were combined. Within a short time, he began creating tubular steel furniture like these tables, which were designed to be mass produced.
Nontsikelelo 'Ntsikie' Biko (L), widow of South African civil rights activist Steve Biko, consoles his mother Alice (R) during the investigation into his death from beatings administered by the South African Security Police.
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.
Fascist leader Oswald Mosley founded the British Union of Fascists in 1932. In the years leading up to the Battle of Cable Street, the BUF had developed a reputation for its attacks on Jews and Communists.