Though often relegated to the margins, black people have nonetheless persevered. They've made contributions in science, technology, music, art, literature, and politics. By necessity, black people have been great civil rights leaders. They've changed the world, often at a great personal cost. Black literature and music have become so intertwined in American with history and music that it's no longer apparent where one begins and the other ends. Black athletes were instrumental in integrating a culture segregated along color lines.
Today, there are many contributions coming from the black community in America. Barack Obama became the first black president. Then he served two consecutive terms. Even still, there is still much room for improvement. And a great need for political activism.
The challenge here is to test your knowledge of black history and historical figures both here in America, and abroad. There are questions about sports figures, entertainers, scientists, literary geniuses, and more! How will you do? Let’s find out!
Joselyn wasn’t too keen on multiple choice in high school. She vividly remembers the first biology exam she passed by only the skin of her teeth, which dragged her overall average down into the embarrassingly low 90s (she doesn’t want to talk about it). After swearing off any high school or university courses that required multiple choice tests, Joselyn managed to get an English degree by sweet-talking her professors into offering only essay-style exams. Needless to say, this did not exactly endear her to her peers. This rocky start smoothed out in time, though, and after tumbling down a black quiz hole one day while putting off job hunting, Joselyn realized her hatred of all things a-b-or-c had faded and she actually enjoyed dreaming up new ideas for questions and dangerously correct-sounding answers. You won’t find her quizzes an easy ride, but Joselyn just wants to make sure you’re really testing your knowledge.
Did you know that Black History Month actually began in 1926 as Negro History Week? Negro History Week was the brainchild of Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. The month of February was chosen because it coincided with the birthdates of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, whose birthdays both fell in the middle part of February.
Said Carter G. Woodson about the importance of recognizing black history, "If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated. The American Indian left no continuous record. He did not appreciate the value of tradition; and where is he today? The Hebrew keenly appreciated the value of tradition, as is attested by the Bible itself. In spite of worldwide persecution, therefore, he is a great factor in our civilization."
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