By Sydnie Kelly
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Black History Trivia


February 28, 2019

As we come to the end of February 2019, another Black History Month is over. Here is a sample of trivia questions to test your knowledge.

1.Q) What was the name of the first African-American owned and operated television station in the US?

2.Q) Who is the first African-American artist (drawing and painting) to gain international fame?

3.Q) What is the oldest civil rights organization still working and operating today?

4.Q) Who was the first African-American to win the Nobel peace prize?


5.Q) Who was the first African-American woman to be elected to Congress?

6.Q) Who was the first African-American heavyweight boxing champion of the world?

7.Q) The first African-American pilot the world had ever seen was who?

8.Q) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted its first woman in 1987. Who was she?

9.Q) Who is still the leading scorer of the National Basketball Association (NBA)?

10.Q) Who was the only rookie to win the NBA Finals MVP award?


1.A) With a limited viewing audience WGPR – TV on channel 62 was the first African-American

owned and operated television station in Detroit Michigan from 1975 until 1995.

2.A) Henry Ossawa Tanner was the first African-American painter to gain international recognition after moving to Paris in the late 1800s.

3.A) The National Association for the Advancement of Colored people also known as theN AACP is the oldest civil right organization.It still maintains the the same vision of equal rightswithout racial discrimination 110 years later.

4.A) In 1950, Ralph J. Bunche was the first African-American to win the Nobel Peace Prize for his peace mediation in the Arab-Israeli War causing them to seize fire.

5.A) Shirley Chisholm was the first African-American woman to be elected into Congress in 1968 as well as the first to run for a presidential nomination in 1972.

6.A) In 1908, Jack Johnson beat out the reigning champ, Tommy Burns making him the first African-American heavyweight champion. He held the title until 1915.

7.A) Bessie Coleman couldn't find an aviation school in American who would teach her to fly.

She found a school in France and prepared herself to attend the aviation school by learning French. In 1921 she obtained and international pilot's license.

8.A) Aretha Franklin paved the road for generations of female artists by being the first woman

inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

9.A) Lew Alcindor, a.k.a. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar leads in scoring the most points with a total of 38,387 during his 20 year career.

10.A) While playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, Earvin "Magic" Johnson to lead the Lakers in a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers during the 1979-1980 championship finals. He was named MVP of the championship series as well.



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