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Black History Month: A Time To Celebrate All Black People, Including Black Immigrants

Black History Month: A Time To Celebrate All Black People, Including Black Immigrants

The stories and experiences of Black immigrants are part of the American story and should be celebrated during Black History Month.

Until the 1960s, legal migration to the United States for Black immigrants was almost entirely impossible. But today, Black immigrants are one of the fastest-growing demographics in the United States and represent an increasing share of the overall Black population in the country. Many Black immigrants come to the United States through family reunification visas, the Refugee Resettlement Program, and the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, while others come as students, seek asylum, or have Temporary Protected Status.

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Zefitret Abera Molla

Former Research Associate, Immigration

Grace Oyenubi

Former Project Associate

Nicole Prchal Svajlenka

Former Director of Research, Rights and Justice


Ala Al Sadi

Former Video Producer

Toni Pandolfo

Video Producer, Production


Immigration Policy

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