150 Black History Trivia Questions and Answers

Black people have played a significant role throughout the world. Black history month is dedicated to honoring the struggles and triumphs of African Americans in U.S. history.

Recent protests and movements such as black lives matter have called upon inclusivity and full participation of the black community in various countries, especially in the U.S. and U.K.

Black History Trivia Questions and Answers

Also, it is a time to recognize the heroic efforts and achievements made by black people. For instance, in the film industry, we have Tyler Perry’s productions, in boxing sports, Muhammad Ali is celebrated for playing tremendously, and the unstoppable civil rights defenders like Martin Luther King Jr e.t.c.

As you reminisce the greatness experienced by and with the people of black descent, this collection of black history trivia questions and answers will expand your knowledge horizons.

 

1. In 1996, Kofi Annan became the first black African Secretary Generation of which international organization?

 

2. When did the celebration of Black History Month begin?

1926

 

3. Who was the first black goalkeeper to play in Britain?

Arther Wharton

 

4. Who was the first African American woman to win five Grammy Awards in one year?

 

5. Britain first passed an official act to outlaw the institution of slavery in which year?

1833

 

6. Which President officially recognized Black History Month?

President Gerald Ford

 

7. Who was the first African-American to graduate from Harvard University and become a U.S. senator?

Hiram Rhodes Revels

 

8. What was the 2020 Black History Month Theme?

“African Americans and the Vote”

 

9. What is James St. Patrick’s nickname on the show Power?

Ghost

 

10. Paul Stephenson, Roy Hackett, and Guy Bailey made history as part of the 1963 campaign against a bus firm that refused to hire Asian and black drivers in which city in the UK?

Bristol

 

11. When did Rosa Parks’ bus boycott happen?

December 1955

 

12. Which pioneer of hair products became the first black female millionaire in the U.S.?

Sarah Breedlove

 

13. When did Martin Luther King Jr. give his “I Have A Dream Speech”?

Sept. 9, 1965

 

14. As a student at the Baltimore School of Performing Arts, rapper Tupac Shakur took which classes?

Poetry and ballet

 

15. What was the approximate population of black people in London by the end of the 1700s?

Around 20,000 people

 

16. What organization was formed on Feb. 12, 1909?

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

 

17. Who invented the three-position traffic signal in 1923 that includes the yellow light?

Garrett Morgan

 

18. Born in Trinidad, Billy Ocean is the biggest selling black recording star in Britain. How many records has he sold during his lifetime?

30 million

 

19. Who wrote the bestselling memoir “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”?

Maya Angelou

 

20. In 1981, Charles Chapman became the first black athlete to swim across which water region?

English Channel

 

21. Before Barack Obama became President (2009-2017), he served as what?

U.S. Senator

 

22. Taraji P. Henson played Katherine G. Johnson in the movie Hidden Figures. What was Johnson known for?

Her calculations helped NASA’s space program

 

23. Which black British newspaper was founded in 1995 by the Ghanaian son-in-law of Rupert Murdoch?

The Voice

 

24. Who was the first African American Major League Baseball player?

Jackie Robinson

 

25. What player hit 73 home runs in a season and earned Major League Baseball’s Silver Slugger Award 12 times?

 

26. Naomi Campbell was first on the cover of the French Vogue magazine in which year?

1988

 

27. Who was the first African American Nobel Peace Prize winner?

Ralph Bunche

 

28. Which footballer became the first black player to captain England in 1993?

Paul Ince

 

29. What was the first historically black college in America?

Cheyney University

 

30. The statue of which person was toppled by protestors during the Black Lives Matter movement in Bristol on June 7, 2020?

Edward Colston

 

31. Died in London in 1881, which black nurse is known for saving the lives of many British soldiers in the 1885 Crimean War?

Mary Seacole

 

32. One of the first efforts to restrict rights was voter suppression laws. What is NOT one of the strategies used in the 1880s and 1890s to prevent African-Americans from voting?

Voter identification laws

 

33. Which black female singer performed three theme songs in the James Bond movies?

Shirley Bassey

 

34. In 1939, she wasn’t able to perform at Constitution Hall because of a “white performers only” policy, but first lady Eleanor Roosevelt protested, and the singer eventually performed at Lincoln Memorial. Who is she?

Marian Anderson

 

35. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Who said that?

Martin Luther King Jr.

 

36. Which popular rap artist’s real name is Nayvadius Wilburn?

Future

 

37. When did the first African American woman graduate from a nursing school in the United States?

1879

 

38. British taxpayers stopped paying off incurred government debt to compensate slave owners due to the abolition of slavery. When did this happen?

2015

 

39. Madame C.J. Walker became America’s first self-made female millionaire in 1910. What item or items lead to her accomplishment?

Beauty and hair products for black women

 

40. Which two historically black colleges played in the first college football game between black schools in 1892?

Biddle University and Livingstone College

 

41. What was the Greenwood area of Tulsa, Oklahoma also known as in 1921?

Black Wall Street

 

42. In which year were the first African slaves brought to North America?

1619

 

43. What is Rosa Parks known for?

Refusing to give her seat to a white man on the bus

 

44. The Tulsa riots were a confrontation between some of the white communities of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the nearby black community of Greenwood. What best describes Greenwood just prior to the riots?

It was fairly prosperous

 

45. Wilfred Wood was the first black to become what?

A bishop in the Church of England

 

46. Fifteen jockeys rode in the very first Kentucky Derby. How many of the fifteen were African-American?

13

 

47. When did Keith Vaz, Bernie Grant, Paul Boateng, and Diane Abbott become the first black member of parliaments in the U.K?

1987

 

48. In 1870 what state elected the first African American to be seated as a Representative in the United States Congress?

 

49. Who was the first African American to serve as the United States Secretary of State?

Colin Powell

 

50. Who was the first black newsreader in Britain in 1968?

Barbara Blake Hannah

51. Billie Holliday, also known as “Lady Day”, was one of the greatest jazz musicians of the 20th century. She is best known for the song “God Bless the Child” and also “Strange Fruit”. What was this ‘strange fruit’ a metaphor for?

The lynching of African Americans

 

52. At its peak, what was the approximate slave population in America?

Around 4 million

 

53. Who was the first African American Supreme Court Justice?

Thurgood Marshall

 

54. Who was the first black person to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950?

Ralph Bunche

 

55. Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Maryland in 1818 before becoming one of the nation’s greatest abolitionist speakers, authors, and publishers. When he was an adolescent, he secretly taught himself to read and subsequently taught other slaves under cover of night. In what Baltimore shipbuilding neighborhood did he accomplish this?

Fells Point

 

56. Which system of institutionalized racial segregation existed in South West Africa and South Africa from 1948 to the 1990s?

Apartheid

 

57. In what year was the Black Panther Party founded?

1966

 

58. In which year was slavery abolished in America with the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment?

1865

 

59. Which two members co-founded the Black Panther Party?

Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton

 

60. Which U.S. President signed the Emancipation Act, which gave all slaves in America their freedom?

Abraham Lincoln

 

61. What year did the first Africans arrive in America?

1526

 

62. The first Jim Crow law segregated train passengers. Where was it passed?

Tennessee

 

63. What famous American was presented with the Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon Johnson in December 1963?

Ralph Bunche

 

64. Which person was born in Massachusetts, was the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard, and wrote ‘Souls of Black Folk’?

W.E.B. DuBois

 

65. In what year was the Congressional Black Caucus organized?

1971

 

66. Who was the first colonist slain in the Boston Massacre?

Crispus Attucks

 

67. Who is the author of ‘Native Son’?

Richard Wright

 

68. What US Supreme Court decision created the legal fiction of “separate but equal”?

Plessy vs Ferguson

 

69. In what year did the music Grammy Awards television broadcast first feature an African American host?

2005

 

70. 1823 saw Alexander Twilight gain his place in African American History. What event marked his historic first in American history?

Received a degree from an American college

 

71. Why did Dick Rowland, who worked as a shoe shiner at a Main Street shine parlor enter the Drexel Building?

He was going to the “colored” restroom on the top floor

 

72. What was the name of the bus driver who ordered Parks to give up her seat? A name he shares with a professional tennis player?

James Blake

 

73. At the time of the riots, the Ku Klux Klan was active in the Tulsa area. The KKK enjoyed positive publicity from a movie that played all over the United States. What was that movie?

Birth of a Nation

 

74. Which famous boxer grew up in Prince George’s County?

Sugar Ray Leonard

 

75. Charles Evers was elected Mayor of the same state where his brother was assassinated, Mississippi. What town elected Evers Mayor?

Fayette

 

76. What is the main purpose of black history month?

To recognize and prominent the contributions of black people in the development of USA and the whole world.

 

77. Who became the first U.S. track and field athlete to win four gold medals in a single Olympiad?

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78. Which Ivy League college was the first to employ an African American as president?

Jesse Owens

 

79. What was the date the BPP and police officers had a shoot-out that left Huey Newton wounded and charged with killing a police officer?

October 28, 1967

 

80. The term “Black American” or “African American” refers to whom?

This term is famous for black people from the USA who were enslaved in Africa.

 

81. Which future Panther wrote “Soul on Ice” while in prison?

Eldridge Cleaver

 

82. Which group of people is considered to be the 3rd largest ethnic group in the USA?

African Americans

 

83. In 1848, people who opposed the spread of slavery were called?

Free-Soilers

 

84. Most African American belongs from which part of Africa?

West/Central part of Africa

 

85. Which female athlete won silver in the heptathlon at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympcis, then gold in 1988 and 1992, earning her the accolade of “the greatest multi-event female athlete in history“?

Jackie Joyner Kersee

 

86. Atlantic slave trade is also called what?

Euro-American slave trade

 

87. What was the name of the organization founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)

 

88. After being slaved what were the major tasks of Black Africans?

Most of them are involved in plantation work.

 

89. Captain Paul Cuffe was?

A Civil Rights activist

 

90. According to which act do only white citizens have permission to Vote in America?

According to Naturalization Act of 1790

 

91. This botanist, born a slave, became famous for his contributions to agricultural science. Who was this man, grand promoter of peanuts, sweet potatoes, and soybeans, widely credited with inventing peanut butter?

George Washington Carver

 

92. What is the name of the central character of ‘Native Son’?

Bigger Thomas

 

93. Which African American has been privileged to become the first president of America?

Barack Obama

 

94. What did Blind Tom’s mother do to keep him and his siblings safe when he was still a toddler, while she tended to her own work?

Put him in a large wooden box

 

95. The very first slaves from Africa arrived in which Colony?

The colony called San Miguel de Gualdape

 

96. What novel is the basis for the D.W. Griffith film “The Birth of a Nation”?

The Clansman

 

97. Do you know the birthdate of King Jr?

 

98. Who was the first African American person to be invited by the President of the United States to dine in the White House?

Booker T. Washington

 

99. In 1948 King Martin complete his degree in which subject from Morehouse College?

Sociology

 

100. In December 1943, Rosa Parks became an active member of which civil rights group?

NAACP

101. In 1953  who was King Martin Luther King married to?

Coretta Scott

 

102. The Tulsa Riots occurred just after a major war. Both black and white veterans from that war were involved in the riots, bringing their weapons and army training with them. Which war was it?

World War I

 

103. Martin Luther King has how many children? Do you remember their names?

He had 4 child’s name are Yolanda, Martin Luther King III, Dexter Scott and Bernice

 

104. The first Black professional player in the National Hockey League, was a member on which team?

 

105. In which year did Martin Luther King complete his Ph.D. degree?

In 1955 at the age of 25

 

106. Robert Weaver became the first Black cabinet member of a United States President. Which President appointed him?

Lyndon B. Johnson

 

107. Which day is known as Martin Luther King Jr. Day in America?

 

108. Who was the first African American to successfully perform open-heart surgery?

Daniel Hale Williams

 

109. Martin Luther king Jr assassinated on which date?

April 4, 1968 in Memphis Tennessee, United States

 

110. What are the main points of the Civil Rights Act of 1964?

This law banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin

 

111. Hattie McDaniel was the first African American to win an Oscar. For which movie did she win it?

Gone with the Wind

 

112. Initially, who proposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964?

John F. Kennedy

 

113. What was the name of the newspaper Frederick Douglass published?

The North Star

 

114. It’s funny but it is true that 12.5 million Africans shipped to the USA, but only 388,000 reached to America, All other slaves migrated towards?

Brazil, Europe and other countries.

 

115. Where was the first formal protest against slavery?

Germantown, Pennsylvania

 

116. Do you know the name of the first African American female pilot to get a license?

Bessie Coleman

 

117. What year did the ‘Zoot Suit Riots’ take place?

1943

 

118. Interracial marriage was banned in America during which era?

From 1664 to 1967

 

119. What was Malcolm X’s birth name?

Malcolm Little

 

120. During which years did Obama serve as the U.S. Senator?

From 2005 to 2008

 

121. In 1824 I was the first African American to earn a bachelor’s degree. Who am I?

Alexander Lucius Twilight

 

122. Obama was born in which city of Hawaii?

Honolulu

 

123. What southern-born US President set back race relations in the United States by decades when he re-segregated the federal government?

Woodrow Wilson

 

124. In 1983, from which University did Obama get his graduation degree?

From Columbia University

 

125. Who was the first African American entertainer to be featured in a regular role on a nationally broadcast radio program?

Eddie Anderson

 

126. “The Greatest” is the nickname of which famous black personality?

Muhammad Ali

 

127. Why did some of the 1000+ white men gathered in front of the courthouse leave after the armed black men offered their assistance to the police?

They went home to get their own guns after having seen Blacks carrying guns

 

128. What is the old name of Muhammad Ali? And in which year did he become a Muslim?

Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. and he became a Muslim in 1961

 

129. The arrest of a young black man, Dick Rowland, started the events that led to the riots. What was he accused of?

Molesting a young white woman

 

130. Do you know the birthplace of Muhammad Ali?

Louisville Kentucky

 

131. What crop did African slaves teach their owners how to properly grow?

Rice

 

132.  In which year did Muhammad Ali retire from boxing?

In 1981

 

133. Known as the “World’s Greatest Gospel Singer”, this artist was born in New Orleans on October 26, 1911. At the age of 16, she moved to Chicago where her gospel career would take off and change the sound of religious music everywhere. Who was she?

Mahalia Jackson

 

134. What state was the first to abolish slavery?

Vermont

 

135. In 1808, a bill was signed into law that made it illegal to import slaves into the USA. Which President signed the bill?

 

136. Who was the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad?

Harriet Tubman

 

137. In what year was The Southern Christian Leadership founded?

1957

 

138. What author of ‘Song of Solomon’ won the Nobel Prize for literature?

Toni Morrison

 

139. During the “Red Summer” of 1919, what major US city witnessed a two-week race riot that resulted in 38 deaths?

Chicago

 

140. Who was the first African American actress to be cast as a “Bond Girl” in a James Bond Movie?

Gloria Hendry

 

141. What was the name of the local leader of the NAACP, who was one of the first to take action (in the form of the Montgomery Bus Boycott) in response to Parks’ arrest?

E.D. Nixon

 

142. Who was the first African-American to grace the cover of a major national fashion magazine?

Beverly Johnson

 

143. Who was the first (male) black actor to win the Oscar for Best Actor?

Sidney Poitier

 

144. What disease did Harriet Tubman reportedly suffer from?

Narcolepsy

 

145. Who founded PUSH?

Rev. Jesse Jackson

 

146. During the “Red Summer” of 1919, what southern state had race riots that caused the death of at least 100 African-American sharecroppers?

Arkansas

 

147. Who was the first African American man to be selected for the Astronaut training program?

Robert Henry Lawrence Jr.

 

148. Another key player in the Montgomery Bus Boycott was Jo-Ann Robinson, leader of the WPC. But what did the WPC stand for?

Women’s Political Council

 

149. What life-saving device did Garrett A. Morgan patent?

Gas mask

 

150. What author traced his roots back to Africa and wrote a book which inspired a television mini-series?

Alex Haley

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