Black Knowledge Bowl
Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Grand Hall
Feb. 22, 2007
The 2007 Black Knowledge Bowl was a great success, with a large crowd, good food, and tough questions. Eight undergraduate teams and two graduate teams of students participated in knockout rounds of eight questions each until the best two undergrad teams slugged it out for first and second place. The Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies was one of several cosponsors for the annual trivia bowl.
In the undergraduate competition, the first-place prize of $300 went to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (Gamma Nu chapter). The Black Student Union won the $200 second prize, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity (Gamma Eta chapter) took home the $100 third prize.
In the graduate contest, the “Poor Righteous Scholars” of the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies carried away first place. The team consisted of AAADS students Cory Brodnax (captain), Katie Dieter, Regina Barnett, Alyssa Amponsah, David Amponsah, and alternate Clark Whitlow.
Judges for the event were Grace Jackson-Brown, NMBCC head librarian, Paulette Dilworth, professor of education, and Susan D. Johnson, of the Office of the Vice President for Institutional Development and Student Affairs. Ghangis Carter, director for recruitment and retention in the School of Education, served as moderator, welcoming the participants and audiences by saying, “Welcome to Black Knowledge Bowl, where knowledge is power!”
The trivia questions covered such topics as education, philosophy, politics, music, sports, science, and IU history—all in an African American context. Here are half a dozen bowl questions to test your knowledge:
- What U.S. president was eulogized by poet Phillis Wheatley?
- Who was the publisher of the black newspaper The North Star?
- Who was the first black woman elected to Congress?
- What does the acronym for the organization founded by Jesse Jackson in 1971, PUSH, stand for?
- What black astronaut was killed in the 1986 Challenger tragedy?
- Who was the first black woman elected to the IU Board of Trustees?
- George Washington
- Frederick Douglass
- Shirley Chisholm
- People United to Serve Humanity
- Ronald McNair
- Cora Breckinridge