The Black History Bowl African Americans Throughout American History

This book has sections on African American contributions to the military, medicine, religion, and transportation. There is a section showing African American contributions for every day of the year, “Then and Now.” In addition, there is a section on Historically Black Colleges with some notable graduates. The book finishes with a test of your knowledge of African American history with two quizzes, and 114 facts on famous African Americans.

The Black History Bowl "2020" Hindsight Vision African American History Matters: It Is American History

“Where would we be without Black People?” In 1915, Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History located in Washington, D.C. Realizing the importance of the contributions of Black Americans to the foundation and formation of American history, and in some cases, World history, Woodson created Negro History Week in 1926. The purpose of his efforts was to recognize the accomplishments of Black civil rights leaders, scientists, inventors, pioneers, educators, contributors to government, writers, athletes, and entertainers. It was expanded into Black History Month in February 1976. Dr. Woodson chose the month of February as a tribute to Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, whose birthdays are February 12th and 14th respectively.

In recent years, African American History has gained acknowledgment in American culture and history. It is now included in some classroom books and curricula. However, not enough has been done to fully recognize the contributions of African Americans to history. Thus, “The Black History Bowl” was designed and created to continue and expand upon the goal that Carter G. Woodson set out to accomplish; to present a fair and clear picture of the role African Americans have played in American and World History.

The black history quiz that is included in the following pages is divided into eight (8) sections of black history facts. Each section begins with a black history worksheet. The worksheet is followed by facts on the black history contributors who are listed at the beginning of each section. The answers to each section are on the last page of that section.

This black history quiz guide is designed to test your knowledge of Black history, as well as enhance your knowledge of American history. Hopefully, through the next pages, and some research on your own, you will begin to gain “2020” hindsight as to where we would be without Black people. Enjoy this book as you enrich your knowledge of the contributions that African Americans (Black Americans) have made to history.

The Black History Bowl Flashbacks Reflection: African American Contributions Matter "2020"

Perhaps you have thought, why is the study of African American history important? Well, let’s think about it for a minute! We take all the things that we have today for granted. We need to make sure that we know the sacrifices that were made to provide the opportunities that we enjoy today. This book will provide you with 135 mini-biographies of famous African Americans. Hopefully, it will tweak your interest to do further research to find out more about their contributions to American history. In addition, to the mini-biographies, there are sections on Juneteenth, Kwanzaa, the Spingarn Medal, African American Women in history, an African American History Timeline, and more.

The Black History Bowl - Mini Biographies of African Americans

When I spoke at book signings for my first book, I found that people, in general, knew very little about many of the African Americans that I had on the display board. Thus, this second book in “The Black History Bowl” series was written to make people aware of the contributions that African Americans have made to American and World history.

The African American history quiz that is included in the book is divided into eight (8) sections. Each section begins with a worksheet. The worksheet is followed by short biographies of the African American history contributors. There is an answer sheet at the end of each section. In addition, note sheets have been included with each biography for you to use to take notes when researching and gathering information. Additional information on each African American can be found on the web site that is listed at the bottom of the page after the biography.

Also, included in this book is information on some points of interest that I think are important to the knowledge base of the average American. The information includes the African American holiday of Kwanzaa, the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal, and information on Juneteenth (the actual day when all slaves were freed). In addition, this book includes a section for Women’s History Month which highlights African American women from my first book. A timeline of African American history is also included.

It is hoped that you will enjoy reading the book as you continue to enrich your knowledge of the contributions that African Americans have made to history.

The Black History Bowl - "Then and Now" American History as Impacted by African Americans

We, as a race, are starting to lose identity with our past.  We have been given one month, February, the shortest month of the year to honor our history. The intent of this book is to tweak the interest of children and adults to study black history twelve months a year.

Unfortunately, with the TV and videos, etc. people have lost the art of relaxing by reading books.  We live in a fast paced society where we get our news from the television and radio which give us snippets of information.   We have been conditioned that if we want to know more about the topic to go to the website.

That is where this book comes into play.  I have provided a few facts about some famous African Americans.  It is hoped that today’s African Americans who may have a difficult time identifying with United States history will read a fact or mini biography about a famous African American from this book and will want to know more about the person.  It is anticipated that they will use the internet, a periodical, a newspaper, a biography, an autobiography or another book to learn more.

Perhaps you are thinking, why is the study of African American history so important?  Well, let’s think for a minute.  We take all the things that we enjoy today for granted.  We need to make sure that we all know the sacrifices that were made to provide the opportunities that we enjoy today.  For example, we have the right to vote; we are able to attend integrated public schools; we are able to eat in any restaurant; and we are able to sit anywhere we want on the bus.  Without the efforts of people like Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, A. Philip Randolph, and Thurgood Marshall, we would not be able to reap the benefits of these rights.

Remember, just because we have certain rights today, we have not always had them.  We assume that our right to vote will never be taken away from us. Well don’t be so sure! Our children are our future.  Let's make sure they know their past in order to ensure that they do not “end-up” lost.  Marcus Garvey said, “A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”


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