history intelligence quotient)
The Seattle Times
History Month began with historian Carter G. Woodson,
who early in the last century came up with the idea
for a Negro History Week, which he envisioned
as a celebration of black history and achievement, as
well as a time for education.
In 1926, with the support of the Association for the
Study of Negro Life and History, the first Negro
History Week was held during the second week in
February. The timing was meant to honor the birthdays
of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Lincoln.
Over the years, the event grew in popularity, and in
the early 1970s, the association (which later changed
its name, replacing the word Negro with
Afro-American) expanded the celebration
and renamed it Black History Month.
Now, in keeping with Woodsons idea of focusing
on black history and education, we offer this Black
History Month quiz:
The founder of the Nation of Islam was:
a) Elijah Muhammad.
b) Elijah Wood.
c) Ralph Ellison.
2. Thurgood Marshall was:
a) A prominent black thinker and architect of the Marshall
b) The first black Supreme Court justice.
c) A Harlem Renaissance writer.
3. Negro League pitcher Satchel Paige played with
which famous band leader:
a) Benny Goodman.
b) Duke Ellington.
c) Louis Armstrong.
4. Which amendment to the Constitution guaranteed
black people (and all citizens) equal protection under
a) The 15th.
b) The 26th.
c) The 14th.
5. Black people, women and people ages 18 to 21 have
all been kept from voting at some point in the history
of the United States. In what order were these groups
given the right to vote?
a) Black men, then women, then people 18 to 21.
b) People 18 to 21, then black men, then women.
c) Women, then black men, then people 18 to 21.
6. What landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision struck
down the idea of separate but equal schools
for black people and whites?
a) Plessy v. Ferguson.
b) Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka, Kan.
c) University of California v. Bakke.
7. The incarceration rates for black people in America
have long been decried as a reflection of a biased justice
system. At the end of 2000, what percentage of all black
males in the United States ages 25 to 29 was in prison?
(For comparison, the answer is 2.9 percent for all Hispanic
males in that age group, and 1.1 percent for all white
a) 5.6 percent.
b) 9.7 percent.
c) 24.3 percent.
8. The holiday Juneteenth commemorates the day in
a) Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation,
thus freeing slaves.
b) Word reached Texas that Lincoln had signed the Emancipation
c) Lincoln declared war with the South over the issue
9. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the first secretary-general
from sub-Saharan Africa, is from what country:
b) South Africa.
ANSWERS: 1. A; 2. B; 3. C; 4. C; 5. A; 6. B; 7. B; 8.
B; 9. A.