Brightly colored painting depicting people on horseback (© Danita Delimont/Alamy)

These words and names come from Native Americans

Many words in American English are borrowed from Native American languages. Learn the origins of words commonly used for all sorts of things and places.

As an African-American woman, she was not the typical U.S. diplomat

Linda Thomas-Greenfield is different from the typical diplomat. Yet her background and perspectives are important parts of America’s story.

American Muslims mark Ramadan with iftars, prayer and public service

Prayer, fasting, gathering with friends and family at iftar, and engaging in community service are ways that American Muslims celebrate Ramadan.
A mixed-race family (Courtesy of Mike Tauber)

Who are Americans? It’s complicated, especially in terms of race

“Where are you from?” The question, seemingly simple, is anything but clear in the United States. It could be asking where you were born, where...

When the world doesn’t recognize you for who you truly are,...

When transgender model and advocate Geena Rocero went public with her personal story, she explained that birth gender doesn't always match who you are inside. November...

‘I spent 10 years of my life going back in time’

African-American history is personal for Spirit Trickey, daughter of Minnijean Brown of the Little Rock Nine.
Front and back of gold coin (U.S. Mint)

The new face of U.S. currency: An African-American ‘Lady Liberty’

For the first time in the history of U.S. currency, the United States will make a coin featuring Lady Liberty as an African-American woman.

Stephen Hawking proves disabilities don’t have to hold you down

http://youtu.be/Salz7uGp72c When diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, at the age of 21, Stephen Hawking was told he had...
Two women in character costumes (© Marvel Studios 2018)

Black Panther shatters stereotypes and promotes science

Black Panther, the first Hollywood blockbuster centered on a black superhero and to star a mostly black cast, is defying long-held stereotypes about Africans and women.