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African Americans, also referred to as Black Americans or Afro-Americans, are citizens of the United States who have total or partial antebellum ancestry from any of the native populations of Sub-Saharan Africa.[1] Specifically, most African Americans are of West and Central African descent and are descendants of enslaved peoples within the boundaries of the present-day U.S.[1][2]

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Ronald McNair

As of 2009, there had been 15 African-American astronauts to travel into space. Two of these astronauts—Ronald McNair (pictured left) and Michael Anderson—died along with their crewmates in the United States' two shuttle disasters. McNair was a member of Space Shuttle Challenger mission STS-51-L in 1986, and Anderson was a member of Space Shuttle Columbia mission STS-107 in 2003. Both McNair and Anderson were on their second missions into space.

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Barack Obama taking the oath of office on January 20, 2009 at the U.S. Capitol.
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Barack Obama, first African American President of the United States, taking the oath of office on January 20, 2009 at the U.S. Capitol. See also: List of African-American firsts


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We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice.
Carter G. Woodson (1875–1950),
"The Celebration of Negro History Week", Journal of Negro History (April 1927)

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Langston Hughes

James Mercer Langston Hughes, (February 2, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the new literary art form jazz poetry. Hughes is best-known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the Harlem Renaissance saying that "Harlem was in vogue."

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  1. ^ a b Gomez, Michael Angelo (1998). Exchanging Our Country Marks : The Transformation of African Identities in the Colonial and Antebellum South: The Transformation of African Identities in the Colonial and Antebellum South. University of North Carolina Press. p. 12. ISBN 0807861715. 
  2. ^ Rucker, Walter C. (2006). The river flows on: Black resistance, culture, and identity formation in early America. LSU Press. p. 126. ISBN 0-8071-3109-1. 
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