Black History Month: A time to reflect, connect and learn
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. 4, 2019, 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 card. 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.
The AAA-ERG encourages all to celebrate Black History Month.
Week four 2/25-3/1
- Under the command of Col. Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. the 332nd destroyed 111 planes in the air and 150 on the ground while never losing a single bomber. They were awarded what honor for their service.
- I served as a nurse, scout and spy for the Union Army. Who am I?
- What is the name of the Black National Anthem and who wrote it?
- Who was the first black person to be elected to both the House and the Senate?
- Oscar Dunn
- Hiram Rhodes Revels
- Paul Laurence Dunbar
- B.S. Pinchback
- The seventh day of Kwanza is observed on Jan 1 and is called:
- Imani, meaning faith
- Nia, meaning purpose
- Kujichagulia, meaning self determination
- Ukuumba, meaning creativity
Week three 2/18-2/22 Winner: Seth Reed (DOE-SULI)
- I shot down four enemy planes during the attack on Pearl Harbor and was the first African American awarded the Navy Cross, the third highest honor awarded by the US Navy at the time. Who am I?
Doris “Dorie” Miller
- What other country(s) besides the United States celebrate “Black History”? Name the country(s) and the week/month that it is celebrated.
United Kingdom, Netherlands & Republic of Ireland – October; Canada & Hamburg – February
- Who were the Exodusters?
Blacks who left the South after Reconstruction and settled in Kansas in 1879
- I was founded by three college students that wanted to “create an inclusive organization that did not discriminate by racial background, family background or social status”. Name the organization, the founding university and date.
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Howard University, January 9, 1914
- In 1870 the first African Americans were elected to the House of Representatives. Who are they, what party and state did they represent?
Joseph H. Rainey, Robert C. DeLarge and Robert B. Elliott – Republican, South Carolina
Jefferson Long – Republican, Georgia
Benjamin Sterling Turner – Republican, Alabama
Josiah Thomas Walls – Republican, Florida
Week two 2/11-2/15 Winner: Jacquie Krupa (LEG)
- I am the city of the first black airport, the home of a training school for black pilots and airplane mechanics and notable persons. What is my name?
- During the “Reconstruction Era” there were several hundred “Black Towns” established throughout the U.S., name the Black Towns that were established in Illinois and the year the towns were incorporated.
Brooklyn (Love Joy) 1873, New Philadelphia 1836, Robbins Village 1917
- Who was the first Black astronaut?
- Major Robert H. Lawrence, Jr.
- Colonel Fredrick D. Gregory
- Ronald E. McNair
- Major Guion S. Bluford
- What was the first Black Greek letter organization? (think hard)
- Alpha Kappa Alpha
- Alpha Phi Alpha
- Sigma Pi Phi
- Kappa Alpha Psi
- Name the planners of what is now Washington, DC
Benjamin Banneker and Andrew Ellicott
Week one 2/4-2/8 Winner: Mary Casey (CPA)
- In 1970 I became the first black person to direct a movie for a major Hollywood studio, who am I?
- Which Miss America went on to become a veterinarian?
- How did Denmark Vesey gain his freedom in 1799?
Won $600 in a city lottery
- Name the first black-owned television station in the U.S., the year that it started broadcasting, and the location.
WGPR, 1975, Detroit
- What national organization was founded on President Lincoln’s birthday. Name the organization and date it was founded.