African Americans

Side-by-side black-and-white photos of three female NASA employees (© Bob Nye/NASA/Interim Archives/Getty Images; © Bob Nye/NASA/Donaldson Collection/Getty Images;© NASA/Donaldson Collection/Getty Images)

Congressional Gold Medals for NASA’s ‘hidden figures’

Four African-American women who were instrumental in launching the U.S. space program are getting the highest civilian honor bestowed by the U.S. Congress.
Photo collage with close-up photos of five people (First four @Shutterstock; @ AP Images)

Test your knowledge of African-American history [quiz]

How much do you know about African-American achievements in civil rights, technology, sports and more? Test your knowledge and share your results!
Frederick Douglass statue (© Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Frederick Douglass: A symbol of freedom beyond America’s shores

Frederick Douglass' powerful story of his life as a slave and his escape to freedom is inspiring writers and readers far beyond the U.S.
Illustration of Martin Luther King Jr. above street sign bearing his name (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Where streets have one name: Martin Luther King Jr.

February is Black History Month. Learn what inspired dozens of countries to name thousands of streets after Martin Luther King Jr.
Woman with arms crossed standing in front of red airplane in a museum (Jim Preston/NASM)

American women rise to new heights

American women excel in fields from Wall Street to the auto industry to the art world. Read about the accomplishments of seven who are making an impact.
Man on left standing in restaurant and man on right sitting in restaurant (State Dept./David A. Peterson)

Eritrea-Ethiopia peace deal brings hope

Learn what a recent peace accord between Ethiopia and Eritrea means for two businessmen hailing from each country and now living in the Washington area.
Group photo of foreign service officers after being sworn in (State Dept.)

The new faces of American diplomacy

Learn why Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wants a more diverse foreign service and how the State Department reflects America’s changing demographics.
Two men shaking hands on baseball field (© Charles Krupa/AP Images)

A baseball first: What’s historic about the 2018 World Series?

Every fall since 1903 the World Series is played to determine baseball's champion team. This year for the first time both managers are from minority groups.
Katherine Johnson smiling (NASA)

NASA pioneer Katherine Johnson celebrates 100th birthday

Katherine Johnson, a trailblazing mathematician whose calculations for NASA were part of a blockbuster movie, just celebrated her 100th birthday.