IT's Black History Month Trivia!

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ITs Black History Month Trivia! - Quiz

There are a lot of African Americans that have made a difference throughout history, and to ensure that we do not forget their contributions to the culture, we celebrate them in black history month. Take this quiz and learn more about black history, the heroes we have had and those whose presence is still felt. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Arthur Ashe was a famous ____________.

    • A.

      Basketball player

    • B.

      Tennis player

    • C.

      Track star

    Correct Answer
    B. Tennis player
    Explanation
    Arthur Ashe was a famous tennis player. He was the first African American to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open. Ashe's achievements in tennis and his advocacy for civil rights made him an influential figure both on and off the court. He used his platform to promote equality and social justice, becoming a symbol of resilience and breaking barriers in the sport of tennis.

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  • 2. 

    Garrett Morgan is responsible for which two inventions?

    • A.

      Traffic light, gas mask

    • B.

      Traffic light,cars

    • C.

      Gas mask,stop sign

    Correct Answer
    A. Traffic light, gas mask
    Explanation
    Garrett Morgan is responsible for the invention of the traffic light and the gas mask. The traffic light is a device used to control the flow of traffic at intersections, while the gas mask is a protective device that filters out harmful gases and provides clean air to the wearer. These inventions have had significant impacts on public safety and have become essential tools in modern society.

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  • 3. 

    Charles Drew is responsible for which of the following?

    • A.

      Refrigerator

    • B.

      Blood banks

    • C.

      Plastic surgery

    Correct Answer
    B. Blood banks
    Explanation
    Charles Drew is responsible for blood banks. He was an African American surgeon and medical researcher who revolutionized the field of blood transfusion and storage. Drew developed innovative techniques for collecting, processing, and storing blood plasma, which led to the establishment of the first large-scale blood banks. His contributions to blood banking greatly improved the efficiency and safety of blood transfusions, saving countless lives and laying the foundation for modern blood donation and transfusion practices.

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  • 4. 

    Jackie Robinson was the first African American to do what?

    • A.

      Play major league football

    • B.

      Play major league baseball

    • C.

      Hit a home run at Yankees Stadium

    Correct Answer
    B. Play major league baseball
    Explanation
    Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play major league baseball. He broke the color barrier in professional baseball when he made his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. His courage and talent paved the way for other African American players to join the major leagues, and he is widely regarded as a pioneer in the fight against racial segregation in sports.

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  • 5. 

    He started the "Back to Africa Movement",and was later deported back to his homeland in Jamaica

    • A.

      Malcolm X

    • B.

      James Del Rio

    • C.

      Marcus Garvey

    Correct Answer
    C. Marcus Garvey
    Explanation
    Marcus Garvey started the "Back to Africa Movement" which aimed to encourage African Americans to return to their ancestral homeland in Africa. This movement was based on the belief that African Americans would never be fully accepted or treated fairly in the United States. Garvey's efforts to promote black pride, self-reliance, and unity among African Americans made him a prominent figure in the early 20th century civil rights movement. However, his controversial ideas and activities led to his deportation back to his homeland in Jamaica.

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  • 6. 

    She was the first African American to publish her writings

    • A.

      Phyllis Wheatly

    • B.

      Ida Wells

    • C.

      Marion Shea

    Correct Answer
    A. Phyllis Wheatly
    Explanation
    Phyllis Wheatley is the correct answer because she was indeed the first African American to publish her writings. She was a poet and her book, "Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral," was published in 1773. This achievement was significant as it challenged the prevailing notion that African Americans were intellectually inferior and incapable of producing literature. Wheatley's work paved the way for other African American writers and contributed to the growing abolitionist movement in the United States.

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  • 7. 

    Who was the American singer, actress and civil rights leader who got her start singing at the Cotton Club in New York City at age 16?

    • A.

      Dionne Warwick

    • B.

      Lena Horne

    • C.

      Diana Ross

    Correct Answer
    B. Lena Horne
    Explanation
    Lena Horne was an American singer, actress, and civil rights leader who began her career singing at the Cotton Club in New York City at the age of 16. She gained recognition for her powerful voice and captivating performances, becoming a prominent figure in the entertainment industry. Horne's contributions to civil rights activism further solidified her legacy, making her an influential figure in American history.

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  • 8. 

    Who was last black actress to win the Academy Award"s Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2006?

    • A.

      Whoopi Goldberg

    • B.

      Jennifer Hudson

    • C.

      Haddie McDaniel

    Correct Answer
    B. Jennifer Hudson
    Explanation
    Jennifer Hudson is the correct answer because she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2006 for her role in the film "Dreamgirls." This was a significant moment in Oscar history as Hudson became the first black actress to win in this category since Hattie McDaniel in 1939. Whoopi Goldberg is also a black actress who has won an Academy Award, but she won for Best Supporting Actress in 1990, not in 2006.

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  • 9. 

    Who was the Ladies World Figure Skating Championship in 1986?

    • A.

      Peggy Flemming

    • B.

      Dorthy Hamil

    • C.

      Debbie Thomas

    Correct Answer
    C. Debbie Thomas
    Explanation
    Debbie Thomas was the Ladies World Figure Skating Champion in 1986.

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  • 10. 

    Who holds the record of 100 points scored in a single NBA game?

    • A.

      Wilt Chamberlain

    • B.

      Lebron James

    • C.

      Earl "the Pearl" Monroe

    Correct Answer
    A. Wilt Chamberlain
    Explanation
    Wilt Chamberlain holds the record of scoring 100 points in a single NBA game. This achievement occurred on March 2, 1962, when Chamberlain played for the Philadelphia Warriors against the New York Knicks. Chamberlain's remarkable performance is considered one of the greatest individual achievements in basketball history.

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  • 11. 

    What was the nickname for the all Black 332d Fighter Group of the U.S. Army Air Corps which escorted Allied Bombers through European airspace on 1,578 mission during World War II?

    • A.

      Flying Blue Aces

    • B.

      Tuskegee Airmen

    • C.

      92nd bomber squadron

    Correct Answer
    B. Tuskegee Airmen
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of African American pilots who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. They were known for their exceptional skills and bravery, and they escorted Allied Bombers through European airspace on 1,578 missions. The nickname "Tuskegee Airmen" refers to the fact that they were trained at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.

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  • 12. 

    What service did the first African American female millionaire, Madame C.J. Walker, provide?

    • A.

      Food distribution

    • B.

      Investment advice

    • C.

      Beauty products

    Correct Answer
    C. Beauty products
    Explanation
    Madame C.J. Walker provided beauty products. She was a successful entrepreneur who developed and sold a line of hair care products specifically designed for African American women. Her products catered to the unique hair care needs of her target market, and she became known as the first African American female millionaire due to the success of her beauty products business.

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  • 13. 

    Who was the pitcher in the Negro Baseball league who developed bat-badger, and jump ball and was elected into Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971?

    • A.

      Satchel Paige

    • B.

      Jackie Robinson

    • C.

      Larry Doby

    Correct Answer
    A. Satchel Paige
    Explanation
    Satchel Paige is the correct answer because he was a pitcher in the Negro Baseball league who developed the bat-badger and jump ball techniques. He was also elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971, which further supports his significance and contributions to the sport. Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby, while notable figures in their own right, do not match the description provided in the question.

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  • 14. 

    In what year did Harriet Tubman escape slavery?

    • A.

      1797

    • B.

      1849

    • C.

      1929

    Correct Answer
    B. 1849
    Explanation
    Harriet Tubman escaped slavery in 1849. This is a well-known fact in history as Tubman was born into slavery and later became a prominent abolitionist and political activist. She escaped from her slave owner in Maryland and made her way to Philadelphia, where she found freedom. Tubman's escape marked the beginning of her remarkable journey as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, helping many other enslaved individuals escape to freedom.

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  • 15. 

    Who was the first African American Chief Justice of the Supreme Court?

    • A.

      Clarence Thomas

    • B.

      Thurgood Marshall

    • C.

      Hugo Black

    Correct Answer
    B. Thurgood Marshall
    Explanation
    Thurgood Marshall was the first African American Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He was appointed to the position in 1967 and served until his retirement in 1991. Marshall was a prominent civil rights lawyer and played a key role in the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education, which led to the desegregation of public schools in the United States. His appointment as Chief Justice was a significant milestone in the fight for racial equality and representation in the highest court of the land.

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  • 16. 

    What was the first Black owned company to be traded on the New York Stock Exchange?

    • A.

      Johnson and Johnson

    • B.

      BET Black Entertainment Television

    • C.

      Jumpman

    Correct Answer
    B. BET Black Entertainment Television
    Explanation
    BET Black Entertainment Television is the correct answer because it was the first Black owned company to be traded on the New York Stock Exchange. This network was founded by Robert L. Johnson in 1980 and became a significant platform for African American culture and entertainment. Its successful growth and impact on the media industry led to its listing on the NYSE, marking a significant milestone for Black-owned businesses.

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  • 17. 

    Who was the first African American poet to win an Pulitzer Prize?

    • A.

      Maya Angelou

    • B.

      Terry McMillian

    • C.

      Gwendolyn Brooks

    Correct Answer
    C. Gwendolyn Brooks
    Explanation
    Gwendolyn Brooks was the first African American poet to win a Pulitzer Prize. She received this prestigious award in 1950 for her collection of poems titled "Annie Allen." Brooks was known for her powerful and insightful poetry that explored themes of racial and social injustice, as well as the experiences of African Americans in America. Her groundbreaking achievement paved the way for future African American poets and writers to be recognized and celebrated for their contributions to literature.

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  • 18. 

    Who was the first African American car manufacturer in 1916?

    • A.

      Henry Ford

    • B.

      Charles Richard Patterson

    • C.

      Charles Buick

    Correct Answer
    B. Charles Richard Patterson
    Explanation
    Charles Richard Patterson was the first African American car manufacturer in 1916. He founded the C.R. Patterson and Sons Company in Ohio, which produced horse-drawn carriages before transitioning to automobile manufacturing. Patterson's company specialized in producing high-quality, custom-built automobiles for African American customers at a time when racial discrimination was prevalent in the industry. Despite facing numerous challenges, Patterson's company thrived for several decades and made significant contributions to the automotive industry.

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  • 19. 

    What tennis champion and golfer earned her place in the Black Hall of Fame in 1974?

    • A.

      Zina Garrison

    • B.

      Serena Willians

    • C.

      Althea Gibson

    Correct Answer
    C. Althea Gibson
    Explanation
    Althea Gibson earned her place in the Black Hall of Fame in 1974 because she was a tennis champion and golfer. She was the first African American to win a Grand Slam title in tennis and broke barriers in the sport, paving the way for future generations of black athletes. Her achievements and contributions to the world of sports made her a trailblazer and deserving of recognition in the Black Hall of Fame.

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  • 20. 

    Who is the author who wrote" I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"?

    • A.

      Maya Angelou

    • B.

      Alice Walker

    • C.

      June Jordan

    Correct Answer
    A. Maya Angelou
    Explanation
    Maya Angelou is the correct answer because she is the author who wrote the book "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings".

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