By State Representative, Leon D. Young
As we all know, February is Black History Month. A time to observe and celebrate the enormous contributions Black Americans have made on the fabric of this nation and on the world in general.
With that spirit in mind, I thought it might be interesting for you and your family to test your collective knowledge of Black History with a quiz that, admittedly, is a bit more challenging than last week’s offering. Let’s begin.
1. Who was the first African American Major League Baseball player?
2. Where was Malcolm X killed?
His House, Queens
3. Where was the first “sit-in” at a segregated lunch counter?
4. At its height, what was the slave population in the U.S.?
About 2 Million
About 1 Million
About 4 million
5. Who was the first African American Nobel Peace Prize winner?
Albert John Lutul
Martin Luther King Jr.
6. Who was the first African American to serve as a U.S. Senator?
Carol Mosley Braun
Blanche K. Bruce
7. Who was the first African American to serve as a US Supreme Court Justice?
William Henry Hastie
8. Who was the first African American to win an Academy Award?
9. Who was the first African American to perform at the White House?
“Blind Tom” Wiggins
10. What year was the Thirteenth Amendment ratified, abolishing slavery?
11. Who signed The Emancipation Act?
Ulysses S. Grant
12. With the 15th Amendment ratification in 1870, what did African Americans gain in the United States?
Freedom from Slavery
Right to Citizenship
Right to Sit Anywhere
13. Who was the only African American among the original NAACP executives?
Martin Luther King Jr.
W.E.B. Du Bois
14. Who established the first non-indigenous settlement of Chicago?
Jean Baptiste Pointe
Pedro Alonso Nino
15. Sarah Goode was the first African American woman to receive a patent. What did she invent?
Make expanding your knowledge and appreciation of Black History a year-round, family event. There’s so much to learn and so much to be proud about.
Answer Key: 1. Jackie Robinson 2. Audubon Ballroom, Manhattan 3. Greensboro, North Carolina 4. 4 million 5. Ralph Bunche 6. Hiram revels 7. Thurgood Marshall 8. Hattie McDaniel 9. “Blind Tom” Wiggins 10. 1865 11. Abraham Lincoln 12. Voting Rights 13. W.E.B. DuBois 14. Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable 15. Folding Bed