African Americans

Men and women in formal dress posing for photo (© AP Images)

America celebrates the performing arts with Kennedy Center Honors

Rapper LL Cool J and singer Gloria Estefan were among the performing artists honored by the Kennedy Center and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Movie scene showing crowd of women walking down hallway (© Hopper Stone/Twentieth Century Fox)

Science, math heroines are hidden no more

The movie "Hidden Figures" on women's unsung role in launching the U.S. space program now is inspiring female scientists and STEM advocates worldwide.
Corner of layered building (© Jahi Chikwendiu/Washington Post via Getty Images)

Smithsonian stamp shows African-American history is American history

A new stamp honors the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It's the first time a Smithsonian museum is on a U.S. postage stamp.
Headshot of smiling young woman in hijab, outside, surrounded by greenery (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

New U.S. youth observer to the U.N. to engage millennials in...

Munira Khalif will spend the next year as the U.S. youth observer to the U.N., showing millennials that their voices count on the international stage.
Tuskegee Airmen posing next to airplanes (© Getty Images)

New U.S. coin to celebrate African-American airmen

African-American airmen’s contributions to World War II will be immortalized on a new U.S. coin to be released in 2021.
Woman standing profile in front of building (© AP Images)

A Maryland city examines a past of racial division to move...

Victoria Jackson-Stanley, the mayor of Cambridge, Maryland, is among those marking the 1967 racial unrest in her city with an eye toward unity.
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.
Ashanti Johnson (Courtesy of Ashanti Johnson)

Oceanographer casts wide net for young talent

Ashanti Johnson, the first African American to earn a degree in marine science from Texas A&M University-Galveston, knows about breaking barriers.
Man playing horn (State Dept.)video

Get ready to jam on International Jazz Day [video]

Celebrate International Jazz Day on April 30, to commemorate the musical genre born in the U.S. that has spread around the world.