Black History Month (UK) Quiz

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Black History Month (UK) Quiz

In the United Kingdom, Black History usually occurs in October after it was proposed in the 1960s by Kent state university students. The first one was celebrated one year later. The quiz below is designed to see if you know the famous people based on their contribution to the United Kingdom black history. Give it a try and see how high you score.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    FAMOUS NAMESThe founder of the charity Comic Relief, launched in 1985 from a refugee camp in Sudan which has since raised over £950 million.
  • 2. 
    FAMOUS NAMESOriginally from Trinidad, this person became the ITN’s first black journalist in 1973 and was knighted in 1999 for his services to journalism. 
  • 3. 
    FAMOUS NAMESMargaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister of the UK in 1979.  It took a further eight years until a black woman was elected to the House of Commons.  She later went on to contest the Labour Party leadership contest in 2010. 
  • 4. 
    FAMOUS NAMESAs the current British  record holder of the 100m sprint in 9.87 seconds, this man remains the only British athlete to have won gold medals at each of the major four athletics competitions:  the Olympic games, the Commonwealth Games, the World Championships and the European Championships.
  • 5. 
    FAMOUS NAMESAn English actress who starred alongside Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible II and who won a best supporting actress BAFTA for her role in Crash, a film about racial and social tensions in LA.
  • 6. 
    FAMOUS NAMESA retired English footballer who’s past clubs include Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Portsmouth and who led his national team out as captain on three occasions.  He’s now a fierce campaigner against racism in football.
  • 7. 
    FAMOUS DATESNow the largest street festival in Europe, The Notting Hill Carnival - originally set up as a way for Afro-Caribbean communities to celebrate their own cultures and traditions – held its first event in:
    • A. 

      1974

    • B. 

      1964

    • C. 

      1994

    • D. 

      1984

  • 8. 
    FAMOUS DATESThe UK only started to legislate against racial discrimination as recently as 1965 with the Race Relations Act 1965 which outlawed discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, or ethnic or national origins in public places!Clearly not going far enough, this was superseded in the 1970s by a new Race Relations Act to prevent discrimination of any kind on the grounds of race.  Which year was this?
    • A. 

      1972

    • B. 

      1974

    • C. 

      1976

    • D. 

      1978

  • 9. 
    FAMOUS DATESIn 1562, John Hawkins became the first Englishman to lead a slave trading voyage from the west coast of Africa, creating the Atlantic slave trade that led to the transportation of an estimated 13 million Africans.It wasn’t until ____ that slavery was abolished in the then British Empire.  Upon abolition, slave owners received compensation.  The freed slaves received nothing.
    • A. 

      1834

    • B. 

      1864

    • C. 

      1894

    • D. 

      1924

  • 10. 
    FAMOUS DATESThe year that the National Health Service is created in Britain.  Much of the workforce that helped build the NHS originated from the Caribbean following a recruitment drive by Enoch Powell.
    • A. 

      1928

    • B. 

      1938

    • C. 

      1948

    • D. 

      1958

  • 11. 
    FAMOUS FACESWho is the Yorkshire-born blue boxer? 
  • 12. 
    FAMOUS FACESWhich motor racing icon is being interviewed by Benedict Cumberbatch?  
  • 13. 
    FAMOUS FACESWhich star of London 2012 is dressed in red? 
  • 14. 
    FAMOUS FACESWhich rugby league player is leaping for a try? 
  • 15. 
    FAMOUS FACESWhich athlete is shown here at the start of a 400m race at a very wet Olympic Stadium in Rome?  
  • 16. 
    IN EUROPEAn Irish singer and musician with a commercially successful 1970’s rock band who was married to the daughter of the British comedian Leslie Crowther. Who was he? 
  • 17. 
    IN EUROPEWhich former university lecturer made history in 2010 to become the first black Polish parliamentary MP? 
  • 18. 
    ACROSS THE PONDSelect the two inventions that the African-American inventor Garrett Morgan (1877 - 1963) was responsible for:
    • A. 

      Gas mask

    • B. 

      Cars

    • C. 

      Stop sign

    • D. 

      Traffic signals

  • 19. 
    ACROSS THE PONDForest Whitaker won the Best Actor in a Leading Role award in 2006.  Select two other recipients of an Academy Award for acting (lead/supporting)
    • A. 

      Denzel Washington

    • B. 

      Spike Lee

    • C. 

      Jada Pinkett Smith

    • D. 

      Whoopi Goldberg

  • 20. 
    ACROSS THE PONDSelect two famous quotes by the legendary three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer Muhammad Alihttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3dquMQKyms 
    • A. 

      “They'll take everything, even your tears.”

    • B. 

      “My power is discombobulating devastating. I could feel his muscle tissues collapse under my force. It’s ludicrous these mortals even attempt to enter my realm.”

    • C. 

      “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”

    • D. 

      “I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.”