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.
White and black arms with hands clasped inside heart-shaped outline (© Irina Dias/Shutterstock)

The Lovings paved the way for interracial marriages

Valentine's Day celebrates love, but it was once illegal for interracial couples to marry in certain U.S. states. The Lovings helped eliminate those laws.
Multigenerational family sitting around table of food (© Hsiao-Ching Chou)

Chinese Americans plan traditional New Year’s feasts

A food editor, a cooking teacher, a cookbook writer and a blogger share their thoughts about traditional Lunar New Year feasts.
Collage of brightly colored portraits of many different women (© Rebecca Moses)

New York artist honors nurses for their hard work fighting COVID-19

Rebecca Moses, an artist and fashion designer, painted the portraits of 46 nurses at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City to thank them for their work.
Football player holding trophy in air as confetti falls and other players celebrate (© Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

Super Bowl 2021 will be different

About 7,500 health care workers will see the game in person while most others will watch from home. Learn what else will change because of COVID-19.
Composite image with photos of piano, helicopter and man wearing hat (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

7 iconic products made in the USA [infographic]

Some of the most popular products in the world are “Made in America.” Here are a few of the companies that produce these top-quality products.
Taxicabs lined on city street at night (© Kholood Eid/The New York Times/Redux)

How do journalists win Pulitzers?

Pulitzer Prizes recognize impactful American journalism, whether it's in the form of words, cartoons, photos or the spoken word. Learn why that matters.
Collage of images of soldier holding U.S. flag, row of soldiers and New York skyline (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Stories from Americans: A military chaplain’s duty [audio]

In this StoryCorps interview, Army Major Ivan Arreguin discusses his experiences supporting people during the first COVID-19 outbreak in New York.
Amanda Gorman speaking at lectern with people watching on either side (© Patrick Semansky/AP Images)

Poet Amanda Gorman speaks to a new time for America

At Joe Biden’s inauguration, poet Amanda Gorman looked toward a future where Americans put their differences aside to forge a union with purpose.