African Americans

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Historically Black colleges and universities are leaders in Fulbright Program

The State Department honored 19 historically Black colleges and universities as leaders in the Fulbright Program. Learn more.
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A unified push against hate and violence

President Biden is launching a new effort to prevent hate-fueled violence and promote unity around the country.
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6 outstanding Americans educated at historically Black colleges and universities

What do Vice President Harris and retired football legend Jerry Rice have in common? They graduated from historically Black universities.
Desirée Cormier Smith sitting in chair, smiling (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

This U.S. diplomat fights systemic racism worldwide

How does Desirée Cormier Smith promote racial justice and equity as part of U.S. foreign policy? Learn about her mission and why it matters.
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Viewing 2 centuries of iconic American photos

The Library of Congress uses iconic and lesser-known photographs alike to tell America's story. Learn about some of those images.
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Outdoor adventure for all

New groups have formed to get more people from underrepresented backgrounds to participate in outdoor adventure sports. Learn about them.
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How cities across the U.S. observe Juneteenth [photo gallery]

Learn how the Juneteenth holiday began and how it honors past generations of African Americans while looking ahead to the future.
Karine Jean-Pierre, smiling, at White House lectern (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)

Meet Karine Jean-Pierre, the new White House press secretary

Karine Jean-Pierre became the first Black and openly gay White House press secretary when she assumed the role May 16. Learn more.
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State Department’s historic plan to advance equity in U.S. foreign policy

Learn more about the Biden-Harris administration's efforts to ensure racial minorities and underserved communities are protected worldwide.