What is African American?

  • (noun): An American whose ancestors were born in Africa.

African American

African Americans (also referred to as Black Americans or Afro-Americans, and formerly as American Negroes) are citizens or residents of the United States who have total or partial ancestry from any of the native populations of Sub-Saharan Africa. The term is not usually used for black residents of other countries in the Americas.

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Palmer Memorial Institute - Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum
... Brown and Palmer Memorial Institute to the larger themes of African American women, education, and social history, with an emphasis on the contributions made by African American citizens to ... Charlotte Hawkins Brown, the Institute and African American education in North Carolina ...
African American - Terminology - Terms No Longer in Common Use
... The term is rarely used by younger black people, but remained in use by many older black Americans who had grown up with the term, particularly in the southern U.S ...
JFest
... month-long series of events that commemorate Juneteenth, Yulee Railroad Days, and African American Music Month ... raise awareness of environmental health impacts within the African American community ... CCMCC is a sustainable rehabilitation project of a former African American music hall located in East Gainesville, FL ...
Pocahontas Middle School - Notable Persons and Accomplishments - Virginia Randolph
... to the development of educational programs for African-American students in the late 19th and early to mid-20th century ... development of educational programs for African-American students during the days of segregated schools in Virginia ... Virginia Randolph developed the first in-service training program for African American teachers and worked on improving the curriculum of the schools ...
Elaine Jones - Early Life and Education
... African American topics History Atlantic slave trade Maafa Slavery in the United States African-American military history Jim Crow laws Great Migration Redlining Civil Rights Movement 1896–1954 / 1955–1968 ... Black Indians Gullah Igbo Languages English American English African American Vernacular English Gullah Louisiana Creole French Diaspora Nova Scotia Liberia Sierra Leone France Lists African ... Jones joined the Peace Corps and became one of the first African Americans to serve in Turkey ...

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    I think it’s unfair for people to try to make successful blacks feel guilty for not feeling guilty.... We’re unique in that we’re not supposed to enjoy the things we’ve worked so hard for.
    Patricia Grayson, African American administrator. As quoted in Time magazine, p. 59 (March 13, 1989)

    ... many American Jews have a morbid tendency to exaggerate their handicaps and difficulties. ... There is no doubt that the Jew ... has to be twice as good as the average non- Jew to succeed in many a field of endeavor. But to dwell upon these injustices to the point of self-pity is to weaken the personality unnecessarily. Every human being has handicaps of one sort or another. The brave individual accepts them and by accepting conquers them.
    Agnes E. Meyer (1887–1970)

    ... the Black woman in America can justly be described as a “slave of a slave.”
    Frances Beale, African American feminist and civil rights activist. The Black Woman, ch. 14 (1970)