As Blavity previously reported, a number of high-ranking Black officials in the Biden administration, including Vice President Kamala Harris, are playing major roles in addressing the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Additionally, WNBA superstar Brittney Griner has unintentionally become entangled in the crisis as she sits in a Russian jail on drug charges stemming from her arrest at a Russian airport weeks before the invasion. Griner’s detention puts her at the center of the standoff between the United States and Russia, but this is far from the first time a Black American has been in the middle of a major diplomatic incident. Here are some key examples of Black Americans becoming the center of major international crises.