Special Features

June 8, 2020

Activist Voices from the Past

A number of prominent African-Americans were featured on Edward R. Murrow's original This I Believe radio series. Their words helped build momentum for the civil rights movement in the years leading up to the Montgomery bus boycott, lunch-counter sit-ins and...
May 8, 2020

Mother’s Day

In honor of mothers everywhere, we present these essays about the mother-child relationship. From the simple conversations of everyday life, to the greatest challenges a parent can face, motherhood inspires a wealth of beliefs. Click the links below to explore...
May 1, 2020

Quinceañera

The celebration of quinceañera is a tradition among people of Latin American heritage that marks a 15-year-old girl’s transition from childhood to womanhood. The festivities can include a religious ceremony, elaborate gowns and tuxedoes, a lavish party, and a special...
April 20, 2020

Neighbors

As many of us are homebound these days, we may feel more connected with our neighbors as we get out to take a walk, or perhaps work in the yard. In conversations over the back fence, helping to celebrate important...
April 13, 2020

Justice

Most everyone says they’re for justice even if we can’t always agree on what exactly constitutes it. Is justice best defined morally or legally? How much is it rooted in fairness and equity? Who deserves it and who dispenses it?...
April 6, 2020

What Students Believe

Students all over the world are learning in a new way this spring, with their teachers appearing on their screens instead of in front of the classroom. Many are using This I Believe as a writing exercise, as have tens...
March 30, 2020

Finding Strength After Setbacks

We are all of us struggling to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and sane during this crisis. Some are turning to gardening, long walks, making music, art, or writing. Some are spending their time making useful things for...
March 24, 2020

Happy With What I Have

As all of us the world over are homebound, concerned about the future, it can be a good time to contemplate gratitude amid the worry and uncertainty. Click the links below to read how these essayists feel about finding happiness...
January 15, 2020

I Have a Dream

Next Monday, we honor a great man who worked for racial equality and civil rights. To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we offer the following essays by people who have been influenced and inspired by Dr. King’s...