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African American trailblazers in diplomacy

Diplomats aren't just white men in pin-striped suits anymore. African Americans challenged that idea, leading to a more diverse, agile U.S. Foreign Service.
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Presidential libraries help humanize former U.S. leaders

History often transforms presidents into mythical figures, but U.S. presidential libraries help us understand these leaders and the eras they shaped.
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Jets hire Robert Saleh, NFL’s first Muslim head coach

Learn why Robert Saleh, the first Muslim head coach of an NFL team, walked away from the world of finance to pursue his dream of coaching football.
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U.S. Holocaust Museum teaches the warning signs of genocide

The Washington-based museum wants people to know that the Holocaust wasn't inevitable — and that we all have a role in preventing atrocities.
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Kamala Harris: America’s vice president

As U.S. vice president, Kamala Harris is President Biden's closest adviser. Learn how her background helped transform her into a champion of justice.
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3 U.S. firms stood out in 2020 for their values

Learn about the firms that won the 2020 Secretary of State's Award for Corporate Excellence by modeling strong business ethics in global communities.
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What does January 1 signify in Lincoln’s legacy?

Learn how the Emancipation Proclamation paved the way for abolishing slavery and why President Lincoln considered it his finest achievement.
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Americans we lost in 2020

In 2020, we said goodbye to many Americans who changed the world. Learn how they left their mark in a wide variety of fields.
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Commemorating the United Nations Declaration

Learn how a document signed by Allied nations during World War II helped pave the way for victory — and for today's United Nations.