African Americans

Harriet Tubman posing for photograph (© Harvey B. Lindsley/Library of Congress/AP Images)

Archaeologists find lost home of Harriet Tubman

A team of researchers has discovered the site where Harriet Tubman was raised. The home was later used as a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley speaking at lectern as Antony Blinken looks on (© Mandel Ngan/AP Images)

State Department creates new position to advocate for diplomatic diversity

Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley will be the U.S. Department of State's first chief diversity and inclusion officer. Learn more here.
Portrait of Barbara Watson (© HIAS)

Barbara Watson paved the way for women and Black diplomats

Learn more about the life of Barbara Watson, who rose through the ranks at the State Department and broke new ground for women and Black diplomats.
Lisa Gelobter sitting and posing for a portrait (© An Rong Xu/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Black women who changed our world

African American women have invented modern conveniences and deepened our understanding of our world. Learn about the contributions of several Black women.
Illustration of Linda Thomas-Greenfield (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield represents the United States at the U.N.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield is the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Learn about her background and the new challenges she'll face.
Kamala Harris speaking at lectern in front of American flag backdrop (© Michael Perez/AP Images)

Black women have always been leaders for voting rights

Black women have been leaders in the fight for rights for hundreds of years, paving the way for today's Black Americans in politics.
Collage showing portraits of 10 people (Multiple photo credits/Collage by National Heritage Fellowships)

Celebrating the power of American folk and traditional arts

The U.S. government's highest honor for folk and traditional arts went to 10 fellows this year, who showcased their talents March 4. Learn more here.
People gathering around man pointing to papers (Library of Congress/Kimberly Powell)

The world’s largest library commits to diversity

The Library of Congress is diversifying its collection and engaging with communities of color with the help of a recent $15 million grant.
Illustration of five women with monuments in background (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Women in politics: A timeline

Women have accomplished many political milestones in the history of the United States. See their photos and learn about what they've achieved.