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Black History Quiz


  1. Which Ghanaian diplomat served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1997 to 2006?
  2. Can you name the famous black nurse who saved the lives of many British soldiers during the Crimean War?
  3. How is El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, better known?
  4. Which former professional footballer with Doncaster Rovers later became Britain's first well-known black stand-up comedian?
  5. In which year was Nelson Mandela released from prison?

  6. Who was the first black footballer to play for England?
  7. We all know who Barack Hussein Obama is, but can you give the first name of any of his two daughters?
  8. Martin Luther King Jr. was born in which American city in 1929?
  9. Which American jazz singer was sometimes referred to as the First Lady of Song or the Queen of Jazz?
  10. Who was best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott and was called "the first lady of civil rights" by the United States Congress?
  11. What was the first two names of Mr Carver, an American agricultural scientist and inventor who was the most prominent black scientist of the early 20th century?
  12. Who was the richest African American of the 20th century?
  13. Who was Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988 and served as a shadow U.S. Senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997?
  14. Who wrote The Color Purple, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction?
  15. Clive Sullivan was the first black captain for any national British sporting side, however what sport did he play?
  16. Who was a star in Las Vegas, which earned him the nickname "Mister Show Business"?
  17. Can you name the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
  18. In 1989, who became the first African-American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff?
  19. In which year did Tiger Woods become the first African-American to win a men's major golf championship by winning The Masters?
  20. Jesse Owens achieved international fame at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin by winning how many gold medals?
  21. Can you name the UK's first black female MP?
  22. What exactly was American Ralph Bunche awarded in 1950?
  23. In 1964, Muhammed Ali won the world heavyweight championship from which other fighter in a major upset aged just 22?
  24. What was the last name of Harriet, a famous American abolitionist who made missions to rescue enslaved people in the 19th century?
  25. Hattie McDaniel was the first African American actress to win an Oscar, for what film did she win it?


  1. Kofi Annan
  2. Mary Seacole
  3. Malcolm X
  4. Charlie Williams
  5. 1990
  6. Viv Anderson
  7. Sasha or Malia
  8. Atlanta
  9. Ella Fitzgerald
  10. Rosa Parks
  11. George Washington (Carver)
  12. Oprah Winfrey
  13. Jesse Jackson
  14. Alice Walker
  15. Rugby League
  16. Sammy Davis Jr.
  17. Aretha Franklin
  18. Colin Powell
  19. 1997
  20. 4 gold medals
  21. Diane Abbott
  22. Nobel Peace Prize
  23. Sonny Liston

  24. Tubman
  25. Gone with the Wind (1940 - Best Supporting Actress Winner)