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Editorial Styleguide

African American, black

Although AP style is to hyphenate African American, our constituents tell us they prefer the unhyphenated version. “African American” and “black” can be used interchangeably in an article or document, but use African American on first reference.

NOTE: No hyphen is used when African American acts as an adjective because it is a compound word formed from unhyphenated proper names. (See Manual of Style, compound adjectives entry.)


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