Black Hxstory Month

Question: She was the first African American woman to serve as United States Secretary of State, and the first African American and the first woman to serve as the President’s National Security Advisor.
Answer: Who is Condoleezza Rice?


In 1993, this Illinois native became (and still is, to date) the first African American woman elected to the United States Senate.

Answer: Who is Carol Braun?


In 1998, he became the first African American general in the United States Army.

Answer: Who is Benjamin Oliver Davis?

Question: In 1967, he became the first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
Answer: Who is Thurgood Marshall?

Question: This foreign policy advisor became the first African American woman to serve as an ambassador to the United Nations.
Answer: Who is Susan Rice?

Question: Founded by Barry Gordy in 1959, this company became one of the most successful black-owned companies in the nation, and cultivated the careers of music greats such as Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.
Answer: What is Motown Records?

Question: He delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech first in Detroit, before taking it to Washington.

Answer: Who is Martin Luther King Jr?

Question: In 1974, he was elected as the first black mayor of Detroit.
Answer: Who is Coleman Young?

Question: This Detroit native purposely refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Alabama, which spurred a nation-wide effort to end segregation of public facilities.
Answer: Who is Rosa Parks?

Question: This event lasted five days and left 43 dead and 467 injured; it is reputed to have deepened the divide between whites and blacks in Detroit, instigate a frantic spike in “white flight” out of the city, and created extremist groups within each racial group.
Answer: What is the 1967 riots?

Question: After completing the STS-8 mission aboard the Challenger, this engineer and astronaut became the first black man in space.
Answer: Guion Bluford

Question: He invented electronic control devices for guided missiles, IBM computers, and the control unit for pacemakers.
Answer: Who is Otis Boykin?

Question: He invented the “SuperSoaker” in 1989.
Answer: Who is Lonnie Johnson?

Question: After suffering from a scalp ailment that resulted in her own hair loss, she invented a line of African-American hair care products in 1905 and was lauded as “the first black woman millionaire in America."
Answer: Who is Madam CJ Walker?


In 1993, she became both the first African-American and the first woman to serve as Surgeon General, and is famous for her controversial views on masturbation, stating “[Masturbation] is a part of human sexuality, and perhaps it should be taught”.

Answer: Who is Joycelyn Elders?


This writer and sociologist was co-founder of the NAACP, and was one of the most famous social activists during the Harlem Renaissance.

Answer: Who is W.E.B. Du Bois?


This was the birthplace of the Harlem Renaissance, which was called a literary and intellectual flowering that fostered a new black cultural identity in the 1920s and 1930s.

Answer: What is Harlem, New York City, NY?


Credited as one of the founding fathers of the Harlem Renaissance, this playwright/poet/novelist became famous for his first published poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”.

Answer: Who is Langston Hughes?


This official publication of the National Urban League employed Harlem Renaissance writers and editors, published poems and short stories by African Americans, and promoted African American literature.

Answer: What is the Opportunity Magazine? 

Question: This theatre rose to prominence during the Harlem Renaissance, during which time it was reputed to only hire black entertainers; of these were James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday.
Answer: What is the Apollo Theatre? 


Also a social activist and philanthropist, he was the first boxer to win the world heavyweight championship three times.

Answer: Who is Muhammad Ali?

Question: These American tennis players have set numerous records and became the first two players, female or male, to play in 4 consecutive grand slam singles finals from the 2002 French Open to the 2003 Australian Open.
Answer: Who is Serena and Venus Williams?

Question: He broke the color barrier in baseball and became the first African American to play in the major leagues.
Answer: Who is Jackie Robinson?

Question: Following her careers in college and professional basketball, she became the first female member of the Harlem Globetrotters in 1985.
Answer: Who is Lynette Woodard?

Question: She currently holds the world record in heptathlon along with the top six all-time best results whilst her long jump record of 7.49 m is second on the long jump all-time list. In addition to heptathlon and long jump, she was a world class athlete in 100 m hurdles and 200 meters being as of June 2006 in top 60 all time in those events.

Answer: Who is Jackie Joyner-Kersee?