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How cities across the U.S. observe Juneteenth [photo gallery]

Learn how the Juneteenth holiday began and how it honors past generations of African Americans while looking ahead to the future.
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LGBTQI+ people: Making history throughout history

June is Pride Month. Meet some of the amazing members of the LGBTQI+ community who made history in their fields.
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What does the ‘+’ mean in LGBTQI+?

People use a variety of terms to identify their gender or sexual orientation. The term LGBTQI+ reflects that diversity.
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Why is the International Religious Freedom Report important?

This annual report offers a comprehensive review of the status of religious freedom in nearly 200 countries and territories.
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Advancing America’s long tradition of welcoming refugees

The United States is expanding its refugee assistance program. Learn how President Biden is advancing America's tradition of accepting those in need.
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June is Caribbean American Heritage Month

Caribbean Americans have led some of the United States’ most important discoveries and social movements. Meet a few of them.
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Asian surnames become more prevalent in the United States

According to the U.S. census, the number of people with Asian surnames living in the United States is steadily growing.
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Meet Karine Jean-Pierre, the new White House press secretary

Karine Jean-Pierre became the first Black and openly gay White House press secretary when she assumed the role May 16. Learn more.
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Russian-speaking communities in New York rally for Ukraine

Meet New York City residents whose families came from Russia and other parts of the former Soviet Union who support Ukraine.