Youth to demonstrate knowledge

Vincent High School team members prepare an answer during the 2012 Black Knowledge Bowl

Teams of high school aged young people will be offered the chance to show off their knowledge of Black History at the 5th Annual Black Knowledge Bowl.

The annual event will be held Friday, March 15 from 8am to 2pm at the Manpower Group headquarters at 100 Manpower Place in Downtown Milwaukee. 22 teams of youth have registered to take part in the daylong event that will focus on how spoken word and music both reflect and influence Black History. Presentations will be made by spoken word artists and the youth will engage in the creation of their own spoken word pieces and collages that address Black History.

The Black Knowledge Bowl will also test the teams on their knowledge of different aspects of Black History. A tournament style competition will quiz them on areas like Africa, Education & Government, Literature, Discovery & Industry, and Milwaukee Black History.

A Running Rebel team listens intently to a question during the competition during the 2012 Black Knowledge Bowl

The Black Knowledge Bowl is intended to recognize youth for their knowledge, expose them to cultural enrichment activities and foster self-confidence. By staging the event at Manpower Group headquarters, it also exposes the young participants to one of Milwaukee premier corporations.

The Black Knowledge Bowl is organized by the Social Development Commission in partnership with Manpower Group, the Wisconsin Humanities Council, Landmark Credit Union, Sam’s Hope, the Milwaukee Bucks, Cousins Subs and the Social Development Foundation. To learn more about the day, visit the SDC website at