A) I was born during the slave era, but I was not a slave. I built the first clock in America and created the Farmer’s Almanac.

1. Garrett Morgan

2. Benjamin Banneker

3. George Washington Carver

4. Elijah McCoy

5. Andrew Young

B) I was both a catcher and pitcher in the Negro Leagues. I was called “Double Duty” and up to 2005, was the oldest living Negro League player.

1. Satchel Paige

2. Hank Aaron

3. Willie Mays

4. Ted Radcliffe

5. Ernie Banks

C) I began my career as a child entertainer, and was the first African American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.

1. Halle Berry

2. Lena Horne

3. Dorothy Dandridge

4. Josephine Baker

5. Hattie McDaniel

D) I was born Eleanora Fagan. I was in entertainment as a jazz singer.

1. Ella Fitzgerald

2. Sarah Vaughan

3. Billie Holiday

4. Diana Ross

5. Dinah Washington

E) I was dissatisfied with the portrayal of blacks in film, so I created my own company. Paul Robeson made his first movie appearance in my film “Body and Soul.”

1. Spike Lee

2. John Singleton

3. Canada Lee

4. Oscar Micheaux

5. Reuben Cannon

F) When I attempted to register to vote, my landlord threatened to evict me. I was sick and tired, so I founded the National Welfare Rights Organization and Freedom Farms.

1. Harriet Tubman

2. Septima Poinsette Clark

3. Fannie Lou Hamer

4. Camille Lilly

5. Michelle Collins

G) At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico, I won the bronze medal for the 200-meter dash. At the award ceremony, along with my teammate, I bowed my head and raised my black-gloved fist in a silent protest against racism in America.

1. John Carlos

2. Carl Lewis

3. Muhammad Ali

4. Jesse Owens

5. Michael Jordan


Questions compiled by Delores McCain.


A 2
B 4
C 3
D 3
E 4
F 3
G 1
Dwayne Truss, community activist and Austin resident