Harriet Tubman (State Dept./Astrid Riecken)

In pictures: Harriet Tubman’s route on the Underground Railroad

In a few years, the U.S. $20 bill will feature Harriet Tubman. Learn more about this extraordinary woman and the Underground Railroad.

The inspiring story behind one of the White House’s coolest jobs

Refusing to allow her hearing disability to be a barrier, Leah Katz-Hernandez greets visitors and world leaders before they meet with President Obama.
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.
Vintage black and white photo of group of young school children (© STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Melania Trump as Slovenians knew her

Melania Trump will soon become the second foreign-born first lady in a "nation of immigrants." Slovenians remember their native daughter.
Chef in a large kitchen (© Ron Edmonds/AP Images)

Meet a history-making White House executive chef

In the 13 years that Cristeta Comerford has served as White House executive chef, she has seen — and made — history along the way. Learn more about her.
Man wearing military hat and sitting at dining room table (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

America’s first black Marines: The Montford Pointers

Meet America's first black Marines, known as the Montford Pointers, and learn how they got their name.

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.

He won a Nobel Prize, and helping students is in his...

Nobel laureate and microbiologist Aziz Sancar helps students from his native Turkey adjust to the U.S., and introduces U.S. students to Turkish culture.

‘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.