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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?

 

11th

 

9th

 

7th

 

13th

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

 

Indianapolis

 

Chicago

 

New York

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

 

Luby’s

 

Woolworth’s

 

IHOP

 

Sears

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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