Muslim-Jewish exhibit explores shared immigration stories

A colorful embroidered textile piece — made from silks from around the world and inscribed with “Welcome” in Hebrew — hangs at the entrance of an art exhibition by Jewish and Muslim artists. “It’s always a Jewish tradition to welcome the stranger into your home,” said the shawl’s creator, Shirley Waxman. “I felt that the ...
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U.S. and Ukrainian performers support Ukraine at Grammy Awards

By Noelani Kirschner Three Ukrainian performers wearing the blue and yellow of Ukraine’s flag joined U.S. artist John Legend during the 64th Grammy Awards on April 3 in Las Vegas. Ukrainian American musician Siuzanna Iglidan and singer Mika Newton — whose sister is serving in the Ukrainian army — accompanied Legend on a newly released song that ...
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Americans honor Ukrainian poet Shevchenko

Taras Shevchenko is a revered figure in Ukraine for his poetry, paintings, and love for the nation. He also spent many years imprisoned for his pro-Ukrainian sovereignty activities in czarist Russia. In 1960, the U.S. Congress passed legislation calling for the creation of a Shevchenko statue in Washington to commemorate the poet and freedom fighter’s ...
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U.S. helps preserve Ukraine’s important cultural sites

Ukraine is home to unique historical and architectural landmarks built centuries ago for educational, social, political and religious purposes. The United States values and helps preserve Ukraine’s cultural heritage. Since 2001, the United States has provided more than $1.7 million to support 18 cultural preservation projects in  Ukraine . Support is provided by the Ambassadors Fund ...
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Black women transform contemporary literature

By Noelani Kirschner “Being a black woman writer is not a shallow place but a rich place to write from,” Toni Morrison said in an interview with the New Yorker. “It doesn’t limit my imagination; it expands it.” Black women in the United States are transforming the literary world as writers, publishers, magazine editors and academics. Here are ...
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Preserving a historic African American mural for future generations

American artist Charles White’s famed 1943 mural The Contribution of the Negro to Democracy in America celebrates prominent African Americans who fought for equality. Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Nat Turner, Denmark Vesey, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver and Crispus Attucks are depicted in the work, which appears on a wall at Hampton University, a  historically black university  in Virginia. ...
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Get to know 5 notable Arab Americans

Arab Americans have long made outsized contributions to American society, whether in the area of science,  politics , the arts or other disciplines. The  2019 American Community Survey  shows an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States reported Arab ancestry. The largest group is of Lebanese ancestry, but others claim Yemeni, Algerian, Saudi Arabian, Tunisian, Kuwaiti, Libyan, Kurdish or ...
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Six remarkable women honored posthumously

By  Lenore T. Adkins The National Women’s Hall of Fame has inducted six trailblazing Black women into its unique sisterhood, recognizing their contributions at the Seneca Falls, New York, birthplace of the American women’s rights movement. Its new Virtual Induction Series  celebrates underrepresented women of achievement. It does this by posthumously recognizing marginalized women who were overlooked during their lifetimes or died before ...
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National Museum of African American Music debuts in Nashville

By Noelani KirschnerSherry L. Brukbacher The history of Black American music in the United States spans four centuries, and now there’s a museum to honor that legacy. The  National Museum of African American Music  (NMAAM), which opened January 30 in Nashville,  Tennessee , calls itself “the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced and inspired by African Americans.” Divided ...
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Tour these American museums virtually during COVID-19 pandemic

By Noelani KirschnerSuzanne K. Mast While the pandemic has forced many to stay home, museums across the United States are bringing their world-famous collections online for anyone to view. The public response has been enormous. American tech company Google recently reported its most searched terms of 2020, and the second most popular search after the word “virtual” was ...
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U.S. copyright law makes thousands of classics free for all

Fans of old classics are now free to use and adapt stories, songs and films published in 1925 thanks to U.S. copyright laws’ protections for both the livelihoods of creators and the enjoyment of future generations. Among the thousands of works that entered the public domain January 1, 2021, are classic novels, such as F. ...
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Six remarkable women honored posthumously

By Lenore T. Adkins The National Women’s Hall of Fame has inducted six trailblazing Black women into its unique sisterhood, recognizing their contributions at the Seneca Falls, New York, birthplace of the American women’s rights movement. Its new Virtual Induction Series  celebrates underrepresented women of achievement. It does this by posthumously recognizing marginalized women who were overlooked during their lifetimes or died before ...
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Americans we lost in 2020

By   Lauren MonsenD. Thompson In recent days, many thousands of American families have faced holidays without loved ones who succumbed to COVID-19. Also in 2020 many notable Americans died — whether of COVID or another cause — who left an imprint on the world. David Dinkins — the first African-American mayor of New York City, who died ...
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U.S. campaign songs stir the public imagination [video]

Music and politics have been closely linked throughout U.S. history, with songs that promote candidates (or attack their rivals) dating back more than 200 years. Those songs have often reflected the bruising nature of  U.S. campaigns , which Stuart Eizenstat — a U.S. diplomat and former White House domestic affairs director for President Jimmy Carter — once ...
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