African Americans

Woman standing with clipboard in front of wall-sized computer (NASA/Robert Nye)

NASA names a building for a pioneering African American

NASA will name its headquarters in honor of Mary Jackson, the agency's first female African American engineer. Find out more about her legacy.
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.
Protesters on the National Mall (© AP Images)

Americans march

Marching and protesting are integral aspects of what it means to exercise freedom of speech and what it means to stand together in unity.
Many statues of different people (© Acritely_Photo/Alamy Stock Photo)

Juneteenth: Remembering the end of slavery

Learn about Juneteenth, an African American holiday that celebrates what historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. calls "the shining promise of emancipation."
People standing in line in front of building. (© Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Images)

U.S. museum helps Americans discuss race

Following widespread outcry after George Floyd's death, the Smithsonian released a portal to help Americans talk about race. More on why this matters.
Ida B. Wells has been honored for her outstanding and courageous reporting on lynching in America. Read on to learn more about her work and legacy.

Ida B. Wells receives posthumous Pulitzer Prize

Ida B. Wells has been honored for her outstanding and courageous reporting on lynching in America. Read on to learn more about her work and legacy.
Screenshot of smiling girl and statement about free and fair electionsvideo

The power of the ballot [video]

The United States has embraced democracy throughout its history. See how the country has expanded the right to vote to empower its citizens.
Large group of soldiers standing around woman (© University of Minnesota Libraries, Kautz Family YMCA Archives)

These African-American women helped in World War I

Learn about the African-American women who, during World War I and its aftermath, supported black American soldiers stationed in France.
Aircraft on black background (National Air and Space Museum)

Smithsonian makes millions of images free to the public

Learn more about how you can freely download and use newly released images from the Smithsonian Institution's online database.