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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