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African American Mutual Assistance Network, Inc.

2018 Black History Month Contest

Black History Month Contest

February 1st to 15th 2018

Free and Open to the Public


African American Mutual Assistance Network, Inc.
2018 Black History Month Quiz

1. She enrolled at the Colored Agricultural and Normal University in Langston, Oklahoma in 1910, but lack of funds forced her to leave after only one term. Five years later, she left the South and moved to Chicago to join two of her brothers, Walter and John, where she worked as a beautician for several years. An avid reader, she learned about World War I pilots in the newspaper and became intrigued by the prospect of flying. As a black woman, she had no chance of acceptance at any American pilot school, so she moved to France in 1919 and enrolled at the Ecole d'Aviation des Freres Caudon at Le Crotoy. Who was she? (Bessie Coleman)
E. None of these

2. Which African American musician did not record for Grafton, Wisconsin’s Paramount Records?
E. All these musicians recorded on Paramount Records.

3. Which former La Crosse resident became first African American to run for President of the United States in 1904?
D. George Edwin Taylor

4. Who became the first African American woman to graduate from Beloit College in 1904?
B. Grace Ousley

5. George Edwin Taylor (August 4, 1857 – December 23, 1925) was an African American who was the candidate of the National Negro Liberty Party for the office of President of the United States in 1904. Where did he attend school?
D. La Crosse, Wisconsin

6. Hiram Revels was the first African American congressman to speak on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives: FALSE (Jefferson Franklin)

7. Were there Blacks in America before slavery? YES

8. In what city was the first Black hospital established? Chicago

9. Black folks Migrated to La Crosse in the late 1800's to learn what trade? Barber

10. What was the first state to abolish slavery? Vermont

11. What state was the first to have more Blacks than Whites? South Carolina

12. In what year did the first enslaved Africans arrive in North America? 1526

13. Who was the first Black woman ever named to the cabinet of a U.S. president? Patricia R. Harris

14. Did the first Black lawyer in America receive his license before or after the Civil War? BEFORE (Maco B. Alley)

15. What book by Richard Wright was a main selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club in 1940? Native Son

16. Who wrote what is now known as the Black National Anthem? James W. Johnson and what was the inspiration for the creation of this song? Performed as a poem for Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.

17. In 1829, who wrote an attack on slavery and white racism in his Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World.
D. David Walker

18. In October 1966, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale founded what organization to protect African Americans against police brutality.
B. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense

19. In 1941, who organized the first March on Washington?
E. A. Philip Randolph

20. In 1964, whose speech at the Democratic Nation Convention was pre-empted by President Lyndon B. Johnson?
A. Fannie Lou Hamer

21. In what court case did the Supreme Court rule the “blacks had no rights that a white man was bound to respect”?
B. Dred Scott v. Sanford

22. The person first performed the song “Strange Fruit,” an anti-lynching poem written by a school teacher, at New York’s Café Society?
C. Billie Holiday

23. The first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the first independent black church in the United States?
D. Richard Allen

24. The first African American woman millionaire business woman was?
B. Madame C.J. Walker

25. Which of the following was the first African American to graduate from Harvard College?
A. Richard T. Greener

26. In 1839, a group of fifty-four enslaved Africans led by Joseph Cinque rebelled against their captors aboard a ship called?
C. La Amistad

27. Which of the following ended slavery or involuntary servitude except as punishment for a crime for which the person has been duly convicted?
A.The 13th Amendment

28. The first African American to play professional baseball was…
B. Moses Fleetwood Walker

The La Crosse Public Library, the La Crosse County Library, the Riverside Museum and the La Crosse County Historical Society has partnered with the African American Multicultural Assistance Network in support of our Black History Month's annual contest beginning February 1, 2018 and ending February 15, 2018. This early announcement is intended to give community participants and the school districts the opportunity to study-up on African-American history in preparation for the upcoming contest.



There will be 28 questions, 1-question for each day in February. Contest questions will be made available at the:

- La Crosse County Library: Bangor, Campbell, Holmen, Onalaska and West Salem.

- La Crosse Public Library: Main Library, North Community Library and South Community Library.

- La Crosse County Historical Society.

- Riverside Museum.


Contestants may pick-up the contest questions between February 1st and 15th, 2018 at the above locations during their regular business hours. Each year there will be historical questions about African-Americans residing in La Crosse County and the surrounding areas as part of the 28-questions. Questions will be a combination of Multiple Choice, True or False, Essay and Fill-in-the-blank(s). .




- The winner is determined by the most correct answers.

- The winner(s) will be notified by mail.

- One winner receives a $500.00 cash prize and a trophy if they are the only one answering all 28 questions correctly and has the earyist postmark.

- There can be up to five winners having answered all 28 questions correctly; the $500.00 will be divided equally plus each winner receives a trophy. There are NO Runner-Ups. If no one answers all 28 questions correctly, the contestant with the most correct answers is the winner. Up to five contestants with the same number of correct answers, less than 28, is distributed as above.

- All contest entries must be mailed and POST MARKED by February 15, 2018.

- Mailed to: AAMAN, 317 South 4th Street, Suite 289, La Crosse, WI 54601.

- The local media will announce the winner(s) on Friday, February 23, 2018.


Check(s), trophy(ies) will be awarded at the City of La Crosse County Library, 800

Main Street, La Crosse, WI 54601 on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.


Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of "Negro History Week," the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.


This will be an immense contribution to our Community and its History.