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National African American History Month

Oprah Winfrey and pupils from the school she founded in South Africa

Oprah Winfrey formed her own production company and became the first black woman national television host. Fulfilling a promise to Nelson Mandela, Winfrey funded the creation of a school in S.A. to give girls from poor backgrounds a quality education.

Black Women in American Culture and History

The story of African Americans is a story of resilience and perseverance. It traces a people who refused to accept the circumstances under which they arrived on these shores, and it chronicles the generations who fought for an America that truly reflects the ideals enshrined in our founding documents.
This year's theme, "Black Women in American Culture and History," invites us to pay special tribute to the role African American women have played in shaping the character of our Nation -- often in the face of both racial and gender discrimination.
Presidential Proclamation of National African American History Month 2012 »

 

Mission events & programs

  • Jackie Robinson
    Jackie Robinson: The Man who Changed America - for Good

    "More than any other sport, baseball is part of the fabric of daily life in America and a rite of summer for most youth. Changing its racial policy would have a huge effect on other sports as well as society as a whole"- Ambassador Gips contributes this article to the Sowetan for 'African American History Month' Sowetan article »

  • Embassy Political Officer Kyle Jemison gives a presentationto a group of high school students
    A “Family History” Start to National African American History Month

    “Success isn’t going into space, it is being what you want to be,” said Embassy Political Officer Kyle Jemison to a group of high school students at the Mae Jemison U.S. Science Reading Room. He and Counselor Cherie Jackson presented sessions on “Family History” to commence National African-American History Month celebrations in Mamelodi.  

Poetry Competition for High Schools

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