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What’s in a surname? A clue to U.S. diversity.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau's latest data, surnames from around the world are becoming more prevalent in the list of popular surnames in the U.S.
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The African American psychiatrist who made landmark Alzheimer’s discoveries

Learn about the contributions of Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller, the first African American psychiatrist in the United States.
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Meet NASA’s Susan Finley, still exploring ‘the final frontier’ at 81

Want to know what it's like to work on a space mission? Ask a NASA veteran who's spent decades probing the solar system. She's got stories to tell.

What does Islam mean to this Palestinian American? [video]

Islam is part of the U.S. historical fabric. A Palestinian American explains what Islam means to her in this video.
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A century-old park ranger tells America’s story

Many National Park Service rangers tell the story of the United States from firsthand experience. Betty Reid Soskin has a century's worth.
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U.S. poet Joy Harjo: ‘There’s a poem out there that can...

U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo says that after a period of pandemic and racial tension, she finds comfort and lessons in poetry.
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With transgender heroine, a comic book breaks new ground

Chalice is the new transgender comic book character in AfterShock's Alters series. See what the creators have to say about her and their other superheroes.
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This American mayor came from Syria

When Mohamed Khairullah moved to the U.S. he had to adapt to a new culture. He did so quickly and soon became a community firefighter and mayor.
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Inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr., they put LGBT rights on...

They gathered outside the U.S. Capitol on October 14, 1979 — gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people and their straight allies, 75,000 strong — to demand...