African Americans

Woman standing in front of American flags (© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Gambian works to protect girls from cutting ritual

Giving birth to a daughter inspired Jaha Dukureh to take action to end a painful and medically unnecessary procedure inflicted on girls around the world.
Two women in character costumes (© Marvel Studios 2018)

Black Panther shatters stereotypes and promotes science

Black Panther, the first Hollywood blockbuster centered on a black superhero and to star a mostly black cast, is defying long-held stereotypes about Africans and women.
Young girl looking at large painting hanging on wall (© Ben Hines)

Marveling at Michelle Obama’s portrait, this girl captures hearts

A photo of Parker Curry, who is 2 years old, in front of a new portrait of Michelle Obama electrified social media and captured hearts around the globe.
Statue of women nurses (© Joanne Ciccarello/Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images)

Meet a trailblazer who trained U.S. Army nurses

Hazel Johnson-Brown made history in 1979 as the first black woman to become a U.S. Army general. She went on to head the Army Nurse Corps.
Large crowd of people on a bridge, with one hand reaching skyward (© Gerald Herbert/AP Images)

Explore the trail of the U.S. civil rights movement

A new website,, uses 360-degree videos, historical comparison photos, interviews and interactive maps to guide visitors along important civil rights sites across the southern United States.
Martin Luther King Jr. waving to large crowd (Francis Miller/Life Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Get a free poster for Black History Month

The hope Martin Luther King Jr. shared in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963 still rings true. This poster honors his commitment to equality.
Portrait of woman holding two flags in her hands (U.S. Embassy Seoul)

These U.S. athletes will see you in South Korea

From skiers to skaters, learn about the experiences and passions that drive U.S. Olympians and Paralympians to compete on the world stage.
Maame Biney making sharp turn (© AP Images)

U.S. Olympian hits her stride

How did 17-year-old Maame Biney, an immigrant from Ghana, become a top U.S. speedskater? Learn the story of this 2018 Winter Olympics athlete.
Man wearing military hat and sitting at dining room table (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

America’s first black Marines: The Montford Pointers

February is Black History Month in the U.S. Meet America's first black Marines, known as the Montford Pointers, and learn how they got their name.