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When America interned its own

February 19 marks the anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt’s issuance of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the internment during World War II of 120,000 individuals of Japanese descent, two-thirds of whom were American citizens.

February 19, 2018

The surprising lesson of Dr. King’s time in Chicago

Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His contributions leading the civil rights movement and urging our nation to take some important steps toward full equality and inclusion are well recognized and respected.

January 14, 2018

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