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In 1970s Philadelphia, Jim Ellis, who is driven by a love of competitive swimming, fixes up an abandoned pool building with the help of a janitor named Elston (Bernie Mack). But when city officials mark the place for demolition, he fights back by founding an all-black swim team. Facing racism, violence and a hostile city official, Jim struggles to prepare his novice swimmers for the state championships.



What service did the first Black American female millionaire, Madame C.J. Walker, provide?

What is Beauty Products


Who is the author who wrote “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”?

Maya Angelou

Which city is widely acknowledged as the birthplace of Hip Hop?
What is The Bronx, New York City - In August of 1973, DJ Kool Herc began experimenting and de-constructing the instrumental breaks of R&B, funk and sound tracks while MC’ing simultaneously. It would become the foundation of hip-hop.
What Tennessee University organized Black-American a cappella ensemble in 1871 to tour and raise funds for their college?
What is Fisk University - The Jubilee Singers was the name of their ensemble

The “McDowell’s” restaurant from 1988 this movie was actually a Wendy’s that was scheduled to be closed for renovation.

What is Coming to America


Who is responsible for inventing the Traffic light as well as the gas mask?

Who is Garrett Morgan -Inventor and Community leader, the 46-year old inventor and newspaperman created and patented the first three-position traffic signal


Who is considered the "Father of Black History"

Who is Carter G. Woodson -Carter Godwin Woodson was one of the first scholars to value and study Black History. A founder of Journal of Negro History, Dr. Woodson is known as the Father of Black History.


This musical director of the choir at Saint Paul's Baptist Church in LA gave this legend her first vocal training when she was 5 years old. She was awarded a Grammy Award in 1994 for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. This followed the recording of her album called 'Mystery Lady: Songs of Billie Holiday'

Who is Etta James

Booker T. Washington was the founder and first president of what college?
What is Tuskegee Institute - Located in Tuskegee, Alabama the campus is designated as the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site by the National Park Service and is the only one in the U.S. to have this designation.

In 1944, the 332d Fighter Group (the Tuskegee Airmen) consisting of young African-American USAAF fighter pilots, after enduring racism throughout their recruitment and training in the Tuskegee training program. Name this movie?

Red Tails

John Albert Burr was known for the invention of what?

What is the Lawn Mower


Before it became Black History Month what was the observance of Black History called?

What is Negro History Week -Black History Month originated in 1926 by Carter Godwin Woodson as Negro History Week. February was chosen to honor the births of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln


He was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th century music.

Who is Miles Dewey Davis III


There are 4 HBCU medical schools in the United States; their names are Morehouse School of Medicine (GA), Charles R. Drew School of Medicine and Science (CA), and Howard University School of Medicine (DC) but what is the 4th HBCU medical school?

What is Meharry medical College (TN)

Terrance Howard starred alongside Jennifer Hudson in this 2011 film that chronicles this South African's woman's life from her childhood through her marriage and her husband's incarceration.

Winnie Mandela


Jack Johnson, who was the first Negro Heavyweight title champion was also the inventor of what?

What is a Wrench tool -While in jail in Kansas, he invented the wrench. In 1922 he received a patent for this invention. People still found a way to tarnish this great accomplishment by dubbing it the “Monkey Wrench”. A term many use freely today


Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr. was the first Black American to become what?

What is anAstronaut -In June l967, Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr. was named the first African-American astronaut, though he never made it into space.


Which gospel singer would go on to be called the "Godmother of Rock-N-Roll?

Who is Sister Rosetta Tharpe - 

 Sister Rosetta Tharpe was known for her powerful vocals and nimble fingers; she served as an inspiration to legends such as Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley for her guitar playing in particular. In 2004, her version of "Down by the Riverside" was added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.

Walter S. Davis in 1943 became president of what University?
What is Tennessee State University - From 1943 until his retirement in 1968, Walter S. Davis led Tennessee State through an era of tremendous growth in academics, facilities and worldwide recognition. Under Davis’s leadership, 24 new buildings were constructed on the campus. During his tenure, athletes from Tennessee State commanded the attention of the nation and the world by winning national championships in football, basketball and swimming, and national titles and Olympic medals in track and field

Name that Movie by this quote: “We didn’t land on Plymouth rock! Plymouth rock landed on us. You’ve been hoodwinked, bamboozled, run amuck and led astray!.”

Malcolm X


What was the first Black American car manufacturer in 1916?

Who is Charles Richard Patterson


What year was the Thirteenth Amendment approved, ending slavery?

1865 - The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution officially abolished and continues to prohibit slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. It was adopted on December 6, 1865, and was then declared in a proclamation of Secretary of State William H. Seward on December 18.


She began performing in her church’s gospel choir as a soloist at the age of eleven and learned to play the piano. While attending Catholic school, she took voice lessons from her mother, with whom she would occasionally perform in nightclubs.

In 1978, she sang on Chaka Khan’s single ‘I’m Every Woman’. She was offered an opportunity to sign with a recording company, but her mother declined so she would finish high school.

By 1993, she was at the pinnacle of her career. She went on to star in and produce several hits such as, ‘Waiting to Exhale’ (1995), ‘The Preacher’s Wife’ (1996), and ‘Sparkle’ (2012).

Who is Whitney Houston


HBCUs have financially impacted the nation’s economy. How much money has been attributed due to HBCUs?

What is $10.2 billion

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