SB2011 wrote:Both my parents are Black. Therefore, I know I am an URM, but with the advice I have received I am confused as to whether there is any consideration differences between being African v. African American. I would think they were equivalent, but I could be wrong.
This is from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Definition of Race Categories Used in the 2010 Census
“Black or African American” refers to a person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa. It includes people who indicated their race(s) as “Black, African Am., or Negro” or reported entries such as African American, Kenyan, Nigerian, or Haitian.
Source: http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/brie ... 0br-02.pdf
Typically, law school applications ask if you are "Black or African-American", and with regard to URM status, they're regarded as the same. You can answer "yes" to this.
If by "highlighting" something you're referring to content for a Diversity Statement, you should focus on whatever in your family's background relates to your life and experiences that makes you unique or "diverse".