AAA-ERG encourages all to celebrate Black History Month
February is Black History Month, which celebrates the contributions African Americans have made to United States history. In the spirit of this celebration, the Argonne African American Employee Resource Group (AAA-ERG) is sponsoring a history trivia contest.
Beginning Feb. 5, 2018, a question will be posted daily for the next four weeks on Argonne Today. Answers for the week’s questions should be submitted to AAA-ERG@anl.gov by noon on Friday.
If someone answers all five questions for the week correctly, he or she will receive a $25 gift certificate that will be honored at the Bistro 213 Work Café, Argonne Guest House or Building 401 Grill. If more than one person answers all five questions correctly, a drawing will be held to determine the winner. Winners will be announced each week in Monday’s Argonne Snapshot.
“We think this will be an interactive way of sharing black history information and building awareness of the many ways African Americans have contributed to all areas of U.S. society and culture,” said Harold Gaines (CELS-SS), president, AAA-ERG.
Week four 2/26-3/2
Monday: Who invented the lawn mower?
Tuesday: Who is responsible for inventing the method of converting gas into electricity?
Wednesday: Who invented the control unit for the artificial heart stimulator?
Thursday: Name the three journalist sons of educator, poet and author Ephraim Poston.
Friday: This dancer-choreographer founded his own dance company in 1957 and developed “Revelations” one of the best known, most often seen modern dance performances. Name him.
Week three 2/19-2/23
Week three winner: Michael Patrick Rabbitt (BIS)
Monday: Who started the Gold Medal Awards, later named for him, which recognized the highest or noblest achievement by a black American?
Answer: Joel E. Springarn
Tuesday: Who lost her teaching job due to a lawsuit against her for refusing to give up her seat in a railroad car marked “Whites Only”?
Answer: Ida B. Wells
Wednesday: During the transatlantic slave trade, the largest numbers of Africans were imported to what three countries?
Answer: Brazil, Jamaica, and Haiti (Disqualified question)
Thursday: Who appointed Thurgood Marshall to the U.S. Supreme Court?
Answer: Lyndon B. Johnson
Friday: Who was the first accredited Black American physician in the United States?
Answer: James McCune Smith
Week two 2/12-2/16
Week two winner: Tracy Thomas (PSC)
Monday: What state has the most black institutions of higher learning?
Tuesday: Cheyney State; the oldest black American college, was founded in what year?
Wednesday: What is the stage name of female rapper and actress Dana Owens?
Answer: Queen Latifah
Thursday: What did William L. Still organize in 1880 for black youth?
Friday: Who founded the National Council of Negro Women in 1935 after six years of planning?
Answer: Mary McLeod Bethune
Week one 2/5-2/9
Week one winner: Harrel Townsend (HRS)
Monday: Known for his social and political views, who published “The Souls of Black Folks” in 1903?
Answer: E.B. DuBois
Tuesday: Alice Walker’s “Meridian” is a novel about what?
Answer: Civil Right’s Movement
Wednesday: Who founded the DuSable Museum of African American History, located in Chicago, Illinois?
Answer: Dr. Margaret Burroughs
Thursday: What was the name of Marcus Garvey’s shipping company that was owned and operated entirely by blacks?
Answer: Black Star Line
Friday: Established in 1881, what college holds the distinction of being America’s oldest historically black college for women?
Answer: Spelman College