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Collage showing portraits of 10 people (Multiple photo credits/Collage by National Heritage Fellowships)

Celebrating the power of American folk and traditional arts

The U.S. government's highest honor for folk and traditional arts went to 10 fellows this year, who showcased their talents March 4. Learn more here.
Jill Biden and Antony Blinken standing near lectern (© Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Images)

Blinken: Women lead the charge for human rights, democracy and justice

The 15th annual International Women of Courage Awards recognized 21 women from 15 different countries who fight every day for their communities.
People gathering around man pointing to papers (Library of Congress/Kimberly Powell)

The world’s largest library commits to diversity

The Library of Congress is diversifying its collection and engaging with communities of color with the help of a recent $15 million grant.
Smokestack seen through brush on field with setting sun in background (© Charlie Riedel/AP Images)

Kerry: We all must be ambitious to tackle climate change

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry affirmed the United States' commitment to working with all countries to fight climate change.
Ted DeLaney with hands on closed umbrella standing next to old brick building with columns (© Kevin Remington/Washington and Lee)

Black Americans elevated education, fought racism

Washington and Lee University professor Ted DeLaney was an example of the many Black academics who have significantly influenced American academia.
Illustration of five people singing and playing instruments (State Dept./D. Thompson)

National Museum of African American Music debuts in Nashville

A new museum chronicles the ascent of Black American music in the United States and its wider influence over 50 different music genres.
Michelle Obama and Amy Sherald unveiling portrait of Michelle Obama (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)

Black artists have always been an essential part of American culture

Learn more about Ella Fitzgerald, Toni Morrison, Rita Dove, Simone Leigh and Amy Sherald's lives and monumental cultural achievements here.
Man resting head in hand (© Ariana Cubillos/AP Images)

How Maduro has destroyed life inside Venezuela

A report on living conditions in Venezuela details how widespread societal collapse has increased under Maduro's illegitimate regime since 2014.
Maikel Moreno and Nicolás Maduro speaking (© Ariana Cubillos/AP Images)

U.S. sanctions on Venezuela explained

Learn more about what the U.S. sanctions on Venezuelan entities close to the illegitimate Maduro regime actually do and why they matter.