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This famous performer was a spy for the French resistance during WW2?

Who is Josephine Baker?


This famous athlete has a combined total of 30 Olympic and World Championship medals; she is also known as the most decorated American gymnast and is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most dominant female gymnasts of all time.

Who is Simone Biles?


This famous scientist was the first Black person to achieve a Bachelors of Science. He served as the head of the Agriculture Department at the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute for over 40 years. Wrote “How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it For Human Consumption"  but did not invent peanut butter. First black person to receive a national monument. His sexuality has been questioned. Many believe he was bisexual.

Who is George Washington Carver?


In 2003, he made history by becoming the first openly gay African American man elected mayor of an American city. 

Who is Ron Oden?


Once upon a time, Oprah Winfrey was told she wasn't right for television. Known for "The Oprah Winfrey Show" was on the air, and the effect she has had on millions of people's lives. She is CEO of what television network?

What is OWN?


Kylar Broadus is the founder and director ________, the only national organization dedicated to the civil rights of transgender people of color, and the co-founder of the Transgender Law and Policy Institute. He is the first transgender American to testify before the U.S. Senate in favor of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act.

What is the Trans People of Color Coalition?


Yara Shahidi is an advocate for diversity in Hollywood. This young leader first came into the spotlight at the age of 17, in her role in what ABC show?

What is Blackish?


This birder is a member of the NYC Audubon Board of Directors and has leveraged his experiences to advocate for Black birders and DC statehood.

Who is Christian Cooper?


Phil Wilson founder of the Black AIDS Institute in 1999, worked to educate and mobilize the community around HIV/AIDS issues. His work resulted in the "Act Against AIDS" campaign which promotes HIV testing, prevention and treatment- Today that same campaign continues and is know as what?

What is the "Let's Stop HIV Together" campaign


Donald Thompson was CEO of this company that was responsible for serving more than 70 million customers daily. They are known to sell an estimated 80 hamburger every single minute worldwide.

What is McDonalds?


Time named this Harvard professor/American Baptist reverend "One of the seven most distinguished preachers in America” in 1997. They shocked the religious community by coming out as gay in 1991.

Who is Harvard University chaplain and professor Rev. Peter Gomes?

He was named Clergy of the Year by the organization Religion in American Life in 1998; in 1979 Time magazine called him “one of the seven most distinguished preachers in America.” He received 39 honorary degrees and was an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge.  A member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and of the Faculty of Divinity of Harvard University


Micheal Tubbs was elected in 2016, becoming the youngest and first black mayor from 2017 to 2021, becoming the 79th in this one California city?

Where is Stockton, CA?


This “Pose” actress and musician is also a gifted coder and founded TransTech Social enterprise to help trans and gender non-conforming individuals work in the technology field.

Who is Angelica Ross?


A self-described “black, lesbian, feminist, mother, poet, warrior," who explained “I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.” 

Who is Audre Lorde?


Which organization named nationally recognized civil rights attorney Alphonso David as its CEO in 2019, making him their first POC CEO?

What is the Human Rights Campaign?


In 1966, she became the first African-American elected to the Texas Senate, and then just a few years later, she became the first woman and first African-American elected to Congress from Texas.

Who is Civil rights leader and attorney Barbara Jordan?


This person is the youngest African American official in the Democratic Party, and the first African American Millennial to be elected vice-chair of the Arizona Democratic Party.

Who is Jevin Hodge?


Born in 1731, was a surveyor, astronomer, publisher, patriot, and mathematician. His sexuality has been debated, but many believe he was gay or asexual. He studied cicada swarms in the Eastern US, published an almanac, assisted with the initial survey of DC, built some of the first clocks in the US, and sent Thomas Jefferson a letter denouncing some of his white supremacist views.

Who is Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806)?


In 2003, Ron Oden first openly gay African-American man elected mayor of an American city, according to The Advocate.  What city was it?

Where is Palm Springs, CA?

Fun fact: The Palm Spring City Council made history once again: In December 2017, it became America's first all-LGBTQ city council.


This person is the First Black Female CEO to Head a Fortune 500 Company, In 1991, she became an executive assistant to the chairman and CEO at the time. By 1999, she became vice president for global manufacturing. In 2009 she was named CEO of Xerox.

Who is Ursula Burns?

No member of the 


Black Trans activists Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cunningham made history in 2017 by winning city council seats in this US city.

Where is Minneapolis, MN?


When Marley Dias was 11, she couldn’t keep her nose out of a book—but she was sick of reading story after story about white boys. Her frustration inspired her to start this campaign?

What is the 1000 Black Girl Books campaign?


Created Wild Diversity. An organization has worked to decolonize outdoor spaces by creating a welcoming environment and sense of belonging in the outdoors for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and LGBTQ+ communities through outdoor adventures, education, and community workshops.

Who is Mercy M’fon Shammah?


The Black Queer Feminist Civil Rights Lawyer Priest critiqued the lack of female speakers in the March of Washington and cofounded the National Organization for Women. They were granted sainthood by the Episcopal Church in 2012.

What was Pauli Murray?

Pauli straddled the lines of the gender binary and pushed for intersectionality before the term was coined.


Robert Johnson launched Black Entertainment Television (BET). In 2000 Viacom acquired BET for $3 billion dollars. In what year did BET launch?


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