February has been African-American history month since 1976, fifty years after historian Carter G. Woodson first conceived the idea to set aside a week — which happened to be the same week that both Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass were born — for honoring accomplishments of African-Americans in our country.
Test your knowledge of those accomplishments in African-American history with our quiz below, exploring iconic figures and important anniversaries, or simply get to know the people, history and culture that has helped build the United States into what it is today.
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The first black president of an Ivy League college was appointed in:
Ruth J. Simmons became president of Brown University, the first African-American to lead an Ivy League institution. Before coming to Brown, she was president of Smith College and held academic positions at Princeton, Spelman and USC.
Colleges and universities are allowed to use race as a factor in deciding admission:
In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court supported the University of Michigan’s admissions policy that factors in race to achieve a diverse student body. The decision upheld a 1978 case that originally ruled that race could be considered in admissions decisions. The Court did mandate that colleges policies are narrowly tailored– colleges cannot award points to individual applicants or set specific quotas.
Barack Obama was sworn in as the __th African-American senator:
When Senator Obama was sworn in on January 3, 2005, he became the 5th African-American senator, and only the 3rd popularly elected one. Mississippis State Legislature appointed the first two black senators to the Senate in the 1800s. Carol Moseley Braun in 1992 and Edward Brooke in 1967 preceded Obama’s term as the only other African-American senators.
How many Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are there in the U.S.?
According to the United Negro College Fund, the 105 HBCUs represent just 3 percent of the nation’s institutions of higher learning, but graduate nearly one-quarter of African Americans who earn undergraduate degrees.
Who is the richest woman in entertainment?
Winfrey, a self-made media mogul, topped Forbes Magazine’s Richest Women in Entertainment list at a reported $1.5 billion. Besides her signature talk show, Winfrey owns her own production studio and is known for her philanthropy.
There has never been an African-American Secretary of State:
The first black Secretary of State was Colin Powell, who was born in Harlem and raised in the South Bronx, N.Y. Powell was appointed by the President in 2000 and succeeded by Condoleezza Rice in 2004.
Minority primary care doctors are almost 80 percent more likely to practice in underserved areas:
According to the NAACP, minority doctors are much more likely to practice in underserved areas. Because of this, the organization argues for more diversity within incoming medical school classes.
The Academy Award for Best Actress was first given to an African-American in:
Halle Berry was the first black woman to win and Oscar for Best Actress. Sidney Poitier was the first black male to win the Best Actor award in 1963, followed by Denzel Washington who won alongside Berry in 2002.
Featured in The Great Debaters, this all-black college debate team won the 1935 national championship:
Wiley College beat University of Southern California’s debate team, the reigning national champions, in 1935. However, the team wasn’t allowed to claim the victory because of a technicality– they weren’t part of the debate society, which didn’t allow black teams until after WWII.
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Mmmmhhhmmm, well that was very educational y’all should do questions of the day, all the time because we start getting stater. thanks for your questions.
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It’s a good lesson but, please no more hashtags Kathy. :T
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Wow! This has given me such a greater understanding of our fellow man! I am litertally in tears and counting my blessings as an American citizen and as an adopted white girl into an African American family. (Once you go black, you don’t go back! # ChocolateMilk!) I wish I could be as heroic and inspirational as these people someday! Seeing people like Oprah and Obama has given such confidence and love for those around me! YaY! Obama 2016 this is the year to shine! #ChocolateMilk #Obama2016 #BlackisthenewBlack #BlackHistoryMonth #I<3Hashtags #Mrs.TomHanson
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