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Black History Month

written by: silverqueen
February is Black History Month. Here is a little refresher course on African-Americans who have had great influence on America's history and culture. The questions range from easy to what-page-was-that-footnote-on hard.

Question 1:

Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, the founder of Provident Hospital on Chicago's South Side, had a patient come into the hospital with a stab wound in his chest. Dr. William's saved the man's life by performing this procedure for the very first time in medical history. Name the procedure.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

Question 2:

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This great American entertainer became an overnight sensation when she brought the Jazz Age to Paris with her Revue Negre. When the Germans invaded France, she remained there to serve in the Red Cross and became an intelligence officer in the Resistance.
Hattie McDaniel
Pear Bailey
Josephine Baker
Billie Holliday

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Question 3:

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This scientist, born into slavery, became the Director of Agricultural Research at Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute. He is largely credited with saving southern agriculture by introducing peanuts, soybeans, and sweet potatoes to replenish the nitrogen starved soil.
Charles R. Drew
Booker T. Washington
Frederick Douglass
George Washington Carver

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Forbes international rich list rated Oprah Winfrey as the world's only black billionaire in 2004, 2005, and 2006. Her rise to power began when she became a host on a half-hour talk show, A. M. Chicago. She went on to create a Multimedia production company. What is the name of that company?
Winfrey's Hope

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Question 5:

The following lines are from a poem written by this author who was part of the Harlem Renaissance:
"What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?".
W. C. Handy
Langston Hughes
James Baldwin
James Weldon Johnson

Question 6:

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This composer and musician, known as the 'Father of the Blues', introduced his style of 12-bar blues and wrote 'Memphis Blues' which many consider to be the first blues song.
Cab Calloway
Robert Johnson
W. C. Handy
B. B. King

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Question 7:

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In 1964, Martin Luther King became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and the first black American to be named Time Magazine's 'Man of the Year'. From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King gave a speech that is known by these four words.

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Question 8:

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This civil right activist, known as the 'Mother of the Civil Rights Movement ', refused to give up her bus seat to a white man which led to her arrest and trial.
Bessie Smith
Barbara Jordan
Coretta Scott
Rosa Parks

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Question 9:

Dr. Charles R. Drew, who developed a system for storing blood and is known as 'The Father of the Blood Bank ', bled to death after being denied help at a 'whites only' hospital.

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Muhammad Ali, one of America's most loved sports figures, who won the heavyweight boxing championship three times was known as 'The Louisville Lip' that could ' float like a butterfly and sting like a bee'. What was his birth name?
Ray Robinson
Cassius Marcellus Clay
Leon Spinks
Lew Alcindor

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