Black History Month Quiz
Black History Month has been celebrated in the United States for more than 40 years. We’ve put together some quick facts and a couple of quizzes. Why not sit down with your family and brush up on your knowledge of African Americans who have made a difference in our world?
Test Your Knowledge
- What was Rosa Parks arrested for on Dec. 1, 1955?
- What was the Underground Railroad?
- Where was Martin Luther King Jr. born?
- Who wrote the anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin?
- What is an abolitionist?
Match each Georgia-born African-American to his or her claim to fame.
- Jack Johnson
- Dr. Mae Jemison
- Hank Aaron
- Ray Charles
- Ralph Abernathy
- Thurgood Marshall
- Leroy Johnson
- Alice Walker
- Andrew Young
- Herschel Walker
- Gladys Knight
- Evander Holyfield
- Jackie Robinson
- First African American woman to go into space
- Famous performer and recording artist, known for “Georgia on My Mind”
- First African American to be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court Atlanta Braves player who hit 755 home runs; broke Babe Ruth’s record of 714 home runs
- MLK Jr.’s chief partner in the civil rights movement
- First African American to hold the World Heavyweight Champion boxing title
- First African American hired by the Fulton County solicitor general’s office (1957)
- Writer born in Eatonton, Ga., best known for her novel “The Color Purple”
- First Black American to play major league baseball; born in Cairo, Ga., in 1919 and died in 1972
- Born in 1962; won a Bronze in the 1984 Summer Olympics; and in 1990 became the undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World
- Born in 1962 in Wrightsville; was a University of Georgia football star; won the Heisman Trophy in 1982
- Singer born in 1944 in Atlanta; hits include “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” and “Midnight Train to Georgia”
- Civil rights leader and mayor of Atlanta from 1982-90; played an important role in bringing the 1996 Olympics to Atlanta
- Black History Month began as Negro History Week in 1926.
- February was chosen so that the celebration coincided with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
- Gerald R. Ford was the first president to officially recognize Black History Month.
Answer Key: 1. Refusing to give her bus seat to a white passenger; 2. The informal system that helped slaves escape to the North during the mid-1800s; 3. Atlanta, Georgia; 4. Harriet Beecher Stowe; 5. A person who wanted to end slavery.
1. F; 2. A; 3. D; 4. B; 5. E; 6. C; 7. G; 8. H; 9. M; 10. K; 11. L; 12. J; 13. I.
– Alexi Wilbourn