African Americans

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Can a name become a metaphor for civil rights?

Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy lives on in the U.S. in part through thousands of things named after him. Learn how that tradition began.
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Americans we lost in 2022

In 2022, we said farewell to many Americans whose contributions shaped our world. Here are a few of these notable figures.
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What does January 1 signify in Lincoln’s legacy?

Learn how the Emancipation Proclamation paved the way for abolishing slavery and why President Lincoln considered it his finest achievement.
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Americans celebrate their African heritage during Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa, a seven-day event in the U.S. based on African festivals, is celebrated through music and dance from December 26 through January 1.
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The African diaspora thrives in the United States

In anticipation of the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, learn about six notable Americans who have African ancestry.
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American falconers explain their enthusiasm for the sport

November 16 is World Falconry Day. Meet three devoted American falconers caught up in the attractions of the ancient sport.
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Hip-hop’s international influence

What are the history and origins of hip-hop? Learn more about the genre here and see how it has inspired artists around the world.
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Investing in small, diverse businesses is good for the economy

What is a social impact investment fund? Learn how firms support small businesses owned by people of color and women.
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Mary McLeod Bethune’s extraordinary life

Learn more about the life of teacher, college president and activist Mary McLeod Bethune and her recent honorary statue in the U.S. Capitol.