African American History Trivia: Ultimate Quiz

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African American History Trivia: Ultimate Quiz

African-Americans' ancestry came from African, and most of them resulted from enslaved black people to America. The city with the most African-Americans is Detroit. Did you know that the first African-American to graduate from Harvard College was Richard Theodore Greener? Do take up the quiz and get to see how well you know some African-Americans and their achievements over the years.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Who was the first African American to win a Nobel Peace Prize?
    • A. 

      Ralph Bunche

    • B. 

      Thurgood Marshall

    • C. 

      Martin Luther King, Jr.

    • D. 

      Charles Drew

  • 2. 
    Who was the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad?
    • A. 

      Harriet Beecher Stowe

    • B. 

      Sojourner Truth

    • C. 

      Harriet Tubman

    • D. 

      Maria Stewart

  • 3. 
    What was the name of the organization founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?
    • A. 

      National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

    • B. 

      Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)

    • C. 

      Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

    • D. 

      Core of Racial Equality (CORE)

  • 4. 
    Who won four gold medals int the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin, Germany?
    • A. 

      Jesse Owens

    • B. 

      Carl Lewis

    • C. 

      Jackie Joyner Kersee

    • D. 

      Wilma Rudolph

  • 5. 
    What boxer's birth name is Cassius Clay?
    • A. 

      George Foreman

    • B. 

      Mike Tyson

    • C. 

      Sugar Ray Robinson

    • D. 

      Muhammad Ali

  • 6. 
    Formally abolishing slavery in the United States, the 13th Amendment was passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified by the states on December 6, 1865.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    What former slave published the newspaper, "The North Star"?
    • A. 

      David Walker

    • B. 

      William Wells Brown

    • C. 

      Frederick Douglass

    • D. 

      William Lloyd Garrison

  • 8. 
    Whose autobiography is entitled, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings?"
    • A. 

      Nikki Giovanni

    • B. 

      Toni Morrison

    • C. 

      Alice Walker

    • D. 

      Maya Angelou

  • 9. 
    Who founded the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama?
    • A. 

      William Wells Brown

    • B. 

      W.E.B. DuBois

    • C. 

      Booker T. Washington

    • D. 

      Marcus Garvey

  • 10. 
    Who organized the Million Man March in Washington DC held on October 16, 1995?
    • A. 

      Louis Farrakhan

    • B. 

      El-Hajj Malik al-Shabazz

    • C. 

      Elijah Muhammad

    • D. 

      Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • 11. 
    In 1965 this actor became the first African American to win an Oscar for a starring role in the film "Lilies of the Field".
    • A. 

      Paul Robeson

    • B. 

      Noble Sissal

    • C. 

      Sidney Poitier

    • D. 

      William Warfield

  • 12. 
    Jazz singers Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald were discovered at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    Major Gordon Granger came to this Texas city on June 19, 1865, to announce that slavery had ended. He made the announcement eighteen months after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln. What was the name of the city?
    • A. 

      Austin

    • B. 

      Houston

    • C. 

      Lubbock

    • D. 

      Galveston

  • 14. 
    In 1993 she became the first black woman to win a Nobel Prize for Literature.
    • A. 

      Nikki Giovanni

    • B. 

      Toni Morrison

    • C. 

      Maya Angelou

    • D. 

      J. California Cooper

  • 15. 
    She was the first black woman to seek a major political party nomination for President of the United States. 
    • A. 

      Barbara Jordan

    • B. 

      Shirley Chisholm

    • C. 

      Patricia Roberts Harris

    • D. 

      Eleanor Holmes Norton

  • 16. 
    In February 1990, he was elected the first black president of Harvard Law Review. The job is considered the highest student position at Harvard Law School.
    • A. 

      Clarence Thomas

    • B. 

      Thurgood Marshall

    • C. 

      Barack Obama

    • D. 

      Morris Overstreet

  • 17. 
    This black female politician was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction,  and the first southern black female elected to the United States House of Representatives.  She held the LBJ Centennial Chair in National Policy at the University of Texas at Austin.
    • A. 

      Carol Mosley Braun

    • B. 

      Shirley Chisholm

    • C. 

      Barbara Jordan

    • D. 

      Constance Motley Brown

  • 18. 
    She witnessed the East St. Louis riots in 1917 and immigrated to France just six years later. She was a singer, dancer, nightclub owner, and a member of the French resistance during World War II. 
    • A. 

      Bessie Smith

    • B. 

      Josephine Baker

    • C. 

      Lena Horne

    • D. 

      Aretha Franklin

  • 19. 
    Whose refusal to give up her seat on a public bus sparked a boycott of the Montgomery, Alabama bus system from 1955-1956.
    • A. 

      Mary McLeod Bethune

    • B. 

      Coretta Scott King

    • C. 

      Rosa Parks

    • D. 

      Sojourner Truth

  • 20. 
    A system of “stations” which aided runaway slaves to escape north to freedom was called the Underground Railroad.  
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False