Trivia questions are used to know something in a much better and understandable manner. So why not the history! So today we are here to give a brief detail of African Americans history by using trivia questions.
List of African American Trivia Questions
Who was the enslaved woman who is believed to have borne Thomas Jefferson at least four children?
Who was the first colonist slain in the Boston Massacre?
Who was this man, grand promoter of peanuts, sweet potato and soybeans, widely credited with inventing peanut butter?
George Washington Carver
What author of ‘Song of Solomon’ won the Nobel Prize for literature?
What U.E President signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law?
What Supreme Court decision decreed that public schools should be integrated?
A man called Cinque led a successful rebellion aboard what slave ship in the mid-nineteenth century?
In what year was the congressional Black Caucus organized?
In 1824 he was the first African American to earn a bachelor’s degree. Who is he?
Alexander Lucius Twilight.
In what year was the Southern Christian Leadership founded?
Whose refusal to give up her seat on a public bus sparked a boycott of Montgomerey, AL buses from 1955-1956?
What was Malcolm X’s birth name?
Who was the most famous conductor of the underground rail road?
Harriet Tub man
Whose autobiography is entitled “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing”?
Who won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin, Germany?
Who assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?
James Earl Ray.
Which fourteen year old black boy was lynched for whistling at a white woman?
What is the oldest civil rights organization still working today?
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Who founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association?
Which person was born in Massachussettes, was the first African-American to receive a Ph.D from Harvard and wrote ‘Souls of Black Folk’?
Which Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolished slavery?
What year did the ‘Zoot Suit Riots’ take place?
Who wrote “their Eyes Were Watching God”?
Zora Neale Hurston.
Since 1987, who was held the position of director of jazz at Lincoln Centre for the performing Arts in New York City?
Who wrote Clotel, or The President’s Daughter, the first published novel by a Black American in 1833?
William Wells Brown
Who published the Escape, the first play written by a Black American?
William Wells Brown
Nat Love wrote what kind of stories?
Cartoonist Morrie Turner created what world famous syndicated comic strip?
Who was born in Florence, Alabama in 1873 and is called “Father of the Blues”?
Who is the author of the critically acclaimed novel waiting to Exhale?
Who was the first Black American woman to have a full length novel published?
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Who was the first Black American woman to be recognized as an award winning composer?
Who wrote the play All God’s Chillun Got Wings starring Paul Robeson?
Who was the first Black American to achieve fame as a sculptress?
Cheyney University in Pennsylvania was funded by a will from what Philadelphia Quaker in 1832?
In 1865, Fisk University was founded in what city?
From what college did Martin Luther King, Jr. graduate?
The University of the District of Columbia was organized by free black women in 1865 under what name?
Miner Normal School
[otw_shortcode_content_toggle title="Who was the first Black American woman president of Spelman College?" opened="closed"]Johnetta Cole.
Who was the first Black American to graduate from college?
What is the name of the famous Black college in Washington, D.C. where Dr. Charles Drew taught medicine?
E.B. Du Bois was the first Black American to receive a Ph.D. from what prestigious university?
What state has the most black institutions of higher learning?
Starting with $1.50 in cash, what college did Mary McLeod Bethune found?
Bethune Cook man College.
[otw_shortcode_content_toggle title="Name three dance steps from the Disco era?" opened="closed"]The Hustle, the Bump, and the Bus Stop
On the TV series Magnum, P.I., what was Roger Mosely’s nickname?
Who was the second black woman to be crowned Miss America?
Who became Hollywood’s first Black millionaire actor?
Born in 1957, what is the full name of the director of the movie Do the Right Thing?
Shelton Jackson (Spike) Lee
Who was the first black entertainer to sleep in the White House?
Sammy Davis, Jr.
In 1950 Sidney Poitier made his film debut in what movie?
No Way Out
What was the name of the first successful TV variety show starring a Black American?
Nat King Cole Show
Who was the star of the 1977 movie The Greatest?
Who was the first Black American musician to perform concert tours?
Who provided the voice for Darth Vader in the movie Star Wars?
James Earl Jones
[otw_shortcode_content_toggle title="In what state is Tuskegee Institute located?" opened="closed"]Alabama
What famous musician’s trademark was puffing cheeks and a trumpet bell that pointed skyward?
Who is called “The Queen of the Blues”?
Born in Lexington, KY, Derek Bryant was the first African American baseball player at what school, where he played from 1971-1973?
University of Kentucky
Jackie Robinson excelled in four sports at what university?
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
What professional boxer is named “The Hit Man”?
What do Mike Garret, Ernie Davis and Billy Simms have in common?
They all won the Heisman Trophy
What was Earl Monroe’s nickname during his basketball career?
What Black American served three times as a Head Linesman in a Super Bowl, positions reserved for the highest-rated NFL officials?
Who was the second Black American to manage a major league baseball team?
Who was the first African American player from Kentucky drafted into the WNBA?
Which baseball player began his career at the age of 19 and played in the majors at the same time as his father who shares his name?
Ken Griffey, Jr.
What basketball star is referred to as “The Mailman”?
Who was the first Black American to lead an NFL officiating crew?
Who was the first Black American to complete the US Open tennis tournament?
What professional sport did Lee Elder play?
Who was the first Black American to compete in the Olympics?
George C. Poage
Who was the first Black American professional football player?
Chosen as the first Black manager in baseball’s American League, who managed the Cleveland Indians beginning in 1974?
Who was the first Black American inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame?
What Clarksville, TN native won the Miss USA pageant in 2007?
For what did Ralph Bunche win the Noble Peace Prize?
Mediating an end to an Arab Israeli conflict
The men’s basketball team won a Gold Medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. The team was known as what?
The “Dream Team”
On October 26, 1951, Joe Louis was knocked out in his final professional boxing fight by whom?
In 1997 who became the first African American basketball coach at the University of Kentucky?
Orlando “Tubby” Smith
Derek Bryant, the first African American baseball player at the University of Kentucky, was drafted by what professional team?
He was born Cassius Clay but changed his name after he joined the Nation of Islam. Who is this former Olympic Gold Medal prizefighter?
[otw_shortcode_content_toggle title="Between 1972 and 1980 blacks won how many Olympic medals in track and field events?" opened="closed"]More than 75
Who was the youngest boxer to win the heavyweight title?
Who are the only two brothers that ever held the heavyweight boxing title?
Michael and Leon Spinks
What Black American player broke Ty Cobb’s stolen bases record with 893 steals?
Art Shell became the second Black football coach of what team?
Los Angeles Raiders
What team played against Biddle College in the first Black American college football game?
Who became a major league rookie at the age of 42 in 1948?
Leroy “Satchel” Paige
How many of the original five Harlem Globetrotters were from Harlem?
The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 destroyed what prosperous black community?
What was Jackie Robinson’s lifetime batting average?
When was the importation of slaves outlawed in the U.S.?
Who was the first black astronaut to walk in space?
Bernard Harris, Jr.
Henry Louis (Hank) Aaron ended his career with how many home runs?
When did Jackie Robinson break the color barrier by his entrance into baseball’s National League?
Sugar Ray Robinson ended his 200 professional bout boxing career with a total of how many wins and knockouts?
175 wins, 110 Kos.
Who was the first Black American to lead professional football in rushing?
Who was Muhammad Ali’s opponent in the famous “Thrilla in Manila” fight?
Which baseball player began his career at the age of 19 and played in the majors at the same time as his father who shares his name?
Ken Griffey, Jr.
[otw_shortcode_content_toggle title="When Guion Bluford orbited earth aboard the Challenger space shuttle, how fast did the space craft move?" opened="closed"]300 miles per minute
In 1884, the “Medico-Chirurgical Society” was formed. What kind of association is this?
A Black medical association
Bessie Coleman was trained and received her pilot’s license in what country?
Lewis Latimer prepared the drawings for what invention patented by Alexander Graham Bell?
What famous dermatologist treated leprosy and syphilis?
Theodore K. Lawless
What was the name of Paul Cuffe’s ship, which made an expedition to Africa?
Who was the first Black American to play for the New York Yankees?
What basketball player was named NBA Rookie of the Year while leading the Detroit Pistons to their first NBA Championship playoff?
Satchel Paige was the first Black American to pitch major league baseball for what team?
Who became Western Kentucky University's first African American head basketball coach in 1980?
Clem S. Haskins.
Who was the first Black American president of the National Baseball League?
Olympic gold medal winner Oscar Robertson became an all-star in the NBA with nearly 10,000 assists during his career. What was his nickname?
Ranking 33rd on the NBA's winningest coaches list, who was the Charlotte Bobcats general manager and first coach?
Bernard T. “Bernie” Bickerstaff, Sr.
What pitcher won 51 out of 55 games in the Negro League in 1905?
Andrew “Rube” Foster.
What was Joe Louis’s overall professional boxing record?
68 wins, 3 loses.
How many teams has Tubby Smith led to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen?
3 (the University of Tulsa, the University of Georgia and the University of Kentucky)
What sports team was referred to by many as the “Dream Team”?
1992 Olympic basketball team
Willie Mays received a bonus of how much money when he signed with the New York Giants?
In what year did Doug Williams became the first Black player to quarterback a Super Bowl victory?
In what year did the US Postal Service issue a Jackie Robinson commemorative postage stamp?
Satchel Paige was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in what year?
Prior to Joseph Lee’s bread making invention, how many people were needed to produce the same amount of loaves per day?
In what year was Blanche K. Bruce elected to the Senate?
Condoleezza Rice was appointed by President George W. Bush as the first black female Secretary of State in what year?
What militant group embodied the term “Black Power”?
Black Panther Party
Who was the first Black American to serve a full term in the US Senate?
Who was the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1989 and appointed as Secretary of State in 2001 in President George W. Bush’s first term?
Who was the first Black American woman elected to a state legislature?
Crystal Bird Fauset
Barack Obama was a keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention and later won a U.S. Senate seat in what state?
In 1964, Carl T. Rowan was named Director of what US agency?
Who was the second African American mayor in Kentucky?
James W. Dulin.
Who was the first elected Black American governor in Virginia?
What test was given to potential Black voters to determine whether they understood the U.S. Constitution and could read?
Who was the first Black American municipal judge?
In 1997 she became the third woman to chair the Congressional Black Caucus. Who is this Congresswoman from California?
[otw_shortcode_content_toggle title="In 1871 who became the first Black American governor?" opened="closed"]P.B.S. Pinchback
Who invented a ticket dispensing machine?
Frederick McKinley Jones.
Who invented the clothes dryer?
What common saying refers to a famous Black American inventor?
Is it the real McCoy?
Who invented the lawn mower?
Who revolutionized the Baking industry with the invention of the dough roller?
Who patented corrosion resistant alloy steels?
James Beck wourth became chief scout for what explorer in 1848?
Who invented the folding bed?
Earnest Everett Just, a biologist, was known for what type of research?
Who provided life-saving heroics to help his group of explorers reach the North Pole?
What engineer from New Orleans patented the sugar refinery?
Who invented the control unit for the artificial heart stimulator?
What did George Washington Carver use to develop shaving cream, paper, ink, rubbing oil, synthetic rubber, and instant coffee?
Hyram S. Thomas was a chef who created what popular snack?
What Black American inventor received a patent for the guitar?
The ironing board was invented by what Black American woman?
Philadelphia and Massachusetts cobbler, Jan E. Matzeliger invented what?
Shoe lasting machine
In 1872, what inventor received a patent for an apparatus for detaching horses for carriages?
What happened to Dr. Roland McNair him and his crew members on January 28, 1986?
The space shuttle that Dr. McNair and six other astronauts were in exploded after takeoff in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Shirley Chisholm was the first black woman to be elected to Congress. She also campaigned for what office in 1972?
Who advanced legislation to make June teenth (June 19), the celebration of the freedom of African American slaves, a holiday in Kentucky?
Representative Reginald Meeks.
Many blacks held political offices in the South during Reconstruction as members of what political party?
Who was the first Black American member of a presidential cabinet?
Who was Fannie Lou Hammer?
She was a civil rights advocate who helped register black people to vote in Mississippi.
How many blacks served in the U.S. Congress during the Reconstruction era?
[otw_shortcode_content_toggle title="Blanche Bruce went on to become the first black elected to a full term in the U.S. Senate. Who elected him?" opened="closed"]The Mississippi Legislature
What provision written in 1787 was included in the U.S. Constitution?
Three-fifths of all slaves counted for representation.
Douglas Wilder, was elected the first Black American governor of what state in 1989?
Black Americans were authorized to enlist in the US Navy in what year?
Who was the first Black American to die in the Revolutionary War?
Who was the first Black American four star general in US military history?
Daniel James, Jr.
What US President ended segregation in the US Armed Forces by issuing an Executive Order?
Harry S. Truman.
In 1967, who became the first African American Kentucky graduate from the United States Air Force Academy?
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Thomas Lee Cunningham
How many Southern states seceded from the Union to form the Confederate States of America in 1861?
What was Elijah Muhammad’s given name?
What religious leader set up “Peace Missions” throughout the country?
[otw_shortcode_content_toggle title="Who was the first American born Black man to be ordained a Roman Catholic priest?" opened="closed"]Father Tolton.
[otw_shortcode_content_toggle title="The U.S. Emancipation Proclamation, signed in 1863, legally freed slaves in what areas?" opened="closed"]Confederate territory.
The first African American to die in World War II, Robert H. Brooks passed for white when joining what reserve military force?
Who was the first Black American admiral in the US Navy?
Samuel L Gravely, Jr
Commissioned in 1943, the first group of black naval officers was known as what?
The “Golden Thirteen”
Born in Kentucky, Carl Maxie Brashear, the first African American Navy master diver, lost the lower part of his left leg in an accident on what naval ship?
The USS Hoist
In 1942, what branch of the U.S. armed forces became the last to admit blacks?
U.S. Marine Corps
How many trips did Harriet Tubman make to the South to rescue Black slaves?
How old was Martin Luther King, Jr. when he was assassinated?
In what year was the Fugitive Slave Law passed?
Phillis Wheatley came to the US from West Africa at age seven or eight. How long did it take her to learn the English language?
Who was “Big Jim” Simpson?
A fiddle playing cow boy
Blacks made up more than one-fourth of the population in how many states by July 1, 2007?
6 (Mississippi 38%, Louisiana 32%, Georgia 31%, Maryland 30%, South Carolina 29%, and Alabama 27%.
What movement did Marcus Garvey believe to be the answer to the problems of Black Americans?
Back to Africa
For what were George Washington and Sabrien Bates remembered?
Being cow boys who rode with Billy the Kid
Enacted in 1865 and 1866 and restricting freed slaves from renting or purchasing property, what laws limited the movement of the freed slaves?
What was Marcus Garvey’s nickname?
A 50 cent coin was introduced in 1946 that honored what famous Black American?
Booker T. Washington
From where did the term “Jim Crow” originate?
Character in popular minstrel shows of the 19th Century