[Answers] Test your knowledge of African American history

Francis Akhalbey February 01, 2018

1. On February 12, 1865, days after Congress had passed the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery, this man was invited to speak at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., making him the first African American to speak at that place. Who was he? Henry Highland Garnet

2. One of these people was not an underground railroad conductor? Gabriel Prosser

3. In 1956, this musician and actor became the first African American to host a network television program? Nat King Cole

4. In 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. became the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. At what age did he achieve this incredible feat? 35 years

5. After leaving the United States to escape racial discrimination, this African-American pilot flew for France during the First World War? Eugene Bullard

6. Hattie McDaniel became the first black person to win an Oscar in 1940 for her role in what movie? Gone With the Wind

7. Often called the “Virginia Calculator” and born in 1710, he is remembered for his ability to give accurate and speedy calculation, which for so many years stunned the colonisers? Thomas Fuller

8. In 1851, this anti-slavery group made history after storming a U.S. court and forcibly freeing an African-American fugitive slave, Shadrach Minkins? Boston Vigilance Committee

9. The first African American to go to space was? Guion Bluford Jr

10. Known as the “mother of modern medicine”, her cancer cells were used to develop polio vaccines without her knowledge and consent? Henrietta Lacks

Last Edited by:Francis Akhalbey Updated: March 1, 2019


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