21 Little-Known Black History Trivia Questions and Answers

We bring you Black History month trivia questions and answers from the 1600s to the present day that highlights the impactful mark that African Americans have left on our nation. Black history in America started in the 1500s when Europeans took Africans in as slaves and indentured servants from their homeland. 

Through hundreds of years of fighting for equal rights with Caucasians, African Americans have paved the way for their posterity’s success while influencing people of all races to fight for equality and justice. Learn about names in Black History beyond Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, and Thurgood Marshall with these 21 little-known Black History trivia questions and answers.  

Want to test more of your trivia skills? Browse our Hanukkah, MLK trivia, Kwanzaa, and Thanksgiving trivia lists to broaden your knowledge of Black History and the Christmas holidays that African Americans celebrate.

What was the 1st US newspaper to be owned and operated by African Americans?


North Star


Freedom’s Journal


Liberty Bell


Pittsburgh Courier

What civil rights pioneer and “Little Rock Nine” advisor was later honored with a state holiday?


Marilyn McCraven


Khalid Muhammad


Daisy Bates


Jay McNair

After the assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., who took over as head of the SCLC?


Ralph Abernathy


Jesse Jackson


John Conyers


Louis Farrakhan

Which United States President signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965?


Richard M. Nixon


Dwight D. Eisenhower


John F. Kennedy


Lyndon B. Johnson

Who coached Grambling University’s Tigers for 56 years to set a college-football record of 408 wins?


Joe Muhammad


Eddie Robinson


Abe Saperstein


Doug Williams

What is the Detroit soul music institution founded by Berry Gordy in 1959?


Capitol Records


Motown Records


EMI Records


Atlantic Records

Which of these is the oldest black women’s college in the United States?


Howard University


Sweet Briar College


Grambling University


Spelman College

In 2006, Barack Obama won a Grammy Award in what category?


Best Single


New Artist Of The Year


Best Video


Best Spoken Word Album

What African-American woman’s arrest launched the Montgomery bus boycott?


Rosa Parks


Rosa Parker


Rose Parks


Clara Booth

Who was the first black author to win a Pulitzer Prize?


Gwendolyn Brooks


Toni Morrison


Maya Angelou


Nikki Giovanni

What was the name of Booker T. Washington’s autobiography?


Born A Slave


Freedom’s Ride


Slavery And Me


Up From Slavery

What African-American tennis superstar died of AIDS on Feb. 6, 1993?


Arthur Ashe


Sam Rogers


Jim Bird


Rick Lake

In 1996, Barack Obama was elected to the Illinois Senate for what Chicago district?









Colin Powell said the State Department made a “big mistake” when it reported what?


The End Of The War


The Beginning of WWIII


An Increase In Worldwide Terrorism


A Decline In Worldwide Terrorism

Where did Robert Kennedy give a speech the day Martin Luther King was killed?


Washington Dc






New York

The civil rights movement included 1960 sit-ins at what Greensboro, North Carolina lunch counter?









Which black scholar and author was accused of being a Russian agent in the 1950s?


James Baldwin


Richard Wright


W.E.B. Du Bois


Ralph Ellison

In 1829, more than 1,000 African-Americans were forced to leave Cincinnati because of what?


Fear Of A White Race Riot


Too Small A City


Not Enough Food


Not Enough Jobs

Who became a millionaire by inventing and marketing a hair-straightening device?


George Washington Carver


Harriet Jacobs


Madame C. J. Walker


Jean Baptiste Dusable

Who founded the Southern Poverty Law foundation?


Morris Dees


Malcolm X


The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr


Louis Farrakhan

Which activist and religious leader was the 1st African American Bishop in the US?


Jesse Jackson


Al Sharpton


Richard Allen


Martin Luther King, Jr.


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