Famous Black American Quiz


Black Americans have excelled in all arenas of life. Below are some of the many accomplishments made by famous Black American heroes in sports, literature, science, the armed forces, and politics. For each description, circle the letter of the matching answer.

1. In 1964 I was given the Nobel Peace Prize for my work in civil rights. I believed in peaceful, nonviolent demonstrations. I am:

A.. Martin Luther King, Jr.    B. George Washington Carver    C. Malcolm X

2. I traveled around the country before and after the Civil War, speaking out for the rights of women and blacks. I am: 

U. Coretta King    V. Sojourner Truth    W. Oprah Winfrey

3. I was the first black Supreme Court justice. I helped fight against racial segregation in the public schools. I am: 

L. Clarence Thomas    M. Thurgood Marshall     N. Shirley Chisholm

4. I wrote a book titled “Up From Slavery” that described my experiences as a newly freed slave. I also headed a school for blacks called Tuskegee Institute. I am: 

H. Martin Luther King, Jr.     I. Booker T. Washington    J. Malcolm X

5. I helped more than 300 slaves escape to freedom by leading them through safe routes on the Underground Railroad. I was also a nurse and a spy for the Union Army in the Civil War. I am: 

F. Maya Angelou    G. Rosa Parks    H. Harriet Tubman

6. I spent 47 years doing plant research and teaching throughout the South. I am best known for my pioneering work with peanuts. I am: 

C. Colin Powell    D. Bill Cosby    E. George Washington Carver

7. In 1955 I refused to give up my bus seat to a white passenger. My refusal helped strike down this Jim Crow law. I am: 

C. Jesse Jackson    D. Benjamin Banneker     E. Rosa Parks

8. I was the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. I helped make decisions regarding American troops during Operation Desert Storm. I am: 

A. Colin Powell    B. Jesse Jackson     C. Nelson Mandela

9. In 1947 I became the first black major-league baseball player and the first black man to play in a World Series. I helped the Dodgers win the National League pennant. I am: 

C. Michael Jordan     D. Jackie Robinson    E. Arthur Ashe

10. During World War II, I developed a method of storing blood for longer periods of time by separating the whole blood from the blood plasma. My process saved thousands of lives. I am: 

R. Richard Drew     S. Clarence Thomas    T. Booker T. Washington

11. I was the heavyweight boxing champion of the world from 1937 to 1948. I was a symbol of hope for many blacks. I am: 

A. Joe Louis     B. Hank Aaron    C. George Foreman


Now list all of the letters that you circled: __________________________________________________

Can you make a simple, four-word sentence with those letters? Fill in each blank below with one letter. What is the significance of this sentence?

_____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____ _____


Bonus Box: Research to find out the birth date of each of the 11 heroes. Begin with the person born most recently (Colin Powell: 1937) and end with the one born longest ago (Sojourner Truth: 1797).