African Americans

Ted DeLaney with hands on closed umbrella standing next to old brick building with columns (© Kevin Remington/Washington and Lee)

Black Americans elevated education, fought racism

Washington and Lee University professor Ted DeLaney was an example of the many Black academics who have significantly influenced American academia.
Illustration of five people singing and playing instruments (State Dept./D. Thompson)

National Museum of African American Music debuts in Nashville

A new museum chronicles the ascent of Black American music in the United States and its wider influence over 50 different music genres.
Composite photo of six black women (State Dept.)video

Black women scientists who are trailblazers in STEM [video]

Learn about Dr. Patricia Bath, Dr. Dorothy Brown and Dr. Mae Jemison's contributions to STEM fields and their groundbreaking work.
Graphic showing number of members of U.S. Congress broken down by political party (State Dept./Helen Efrem)

Shifts in the new U.S. Congress [infographic]

The 117th U.S. Congress broke a number of records, with more women and minorities representing districts and states around the country.
Ralph Bunche holding a medal in his left hand and shaking hands with Oscar Strauss II (© Marty Lederhandler/AP Images)

African American trailblazers in diplomacy

Diplomats aren't just white men in pin-striped suits anymore. African Americans challenged that idea, leading to a more diverse, agile U.S. Foreign Service.
Percy Julian wearing white coat while standing in lab (© Francis Miller/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Percy Julian: Revolutionary inventor, grandchild of slaves

This visionary inventor overcame discrimination and derived medical treatments from plants. Learn more about the chemist Percy Julian.
Michelle Obama and Amy Sherald unveiling portrait of Michelle Obama (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)

Black artists have always been an essential part of American culture

Learn more about Ella Fitzgerald, Toni Morrison, Rita Dove, Simone Leigh and Amy Sherald's lives and monumental cultural achievements here.
White and black arms with hands clasped inside heart-shaped outline (© Irina Dias/Shutterstock)

The Lovings paved the way for interracial marriages

Valentine's Day celebrates love, but it was once illegal for interracial couples to marry in certain U.S. states. The Lovings helped eliminate those laws.
President Biden signing papers with Vice President Harris looking on (© Doug Mills/The New York Times/Getty Images)

Biden tackles discriminatory housing policies and mass incarceration

President Biden signed four executive orders to advance racial equity in the United States. Learn more about how the orders address systemic racism.