It's 2010, and black Americans are making historic strides. This has certainly been an era of firsts.
But we can't tell you what they all are. That's the point of this Black History Month Quiz, along with reminding you of past achievements.
Grab a piece of paper and test your knowledge on these freehand questions (no multiple choice guessing for you!). Let's see if you have been taking notes about these important facts.
1Name the first black head coaches to lead their teams to the Super Bowl.
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2Halle Berry was the first black to win an Academy Award for Best Actress. The award was for her role in what movie?
3What religious denomination was founded by blacks who objected to sitting in a separate gallery during church services?
4President Barack Obama talks a lot about his mixed heritage. Identify where his mother and father were born.
5What constitutional amendment, ratified in 1868, guaranteed equal protection under the law for all people?
6Where was the first sit-in at a segregated lunch counter, staged by four black students in 1960?
7In 1924, Gwendolyn Brooks was the first black person to win the Pulitzer Prize, in the poetry category. True or false?
8The movie Something the Lord Made is based on the true life of whom?
9Name the black filmmaker who made a documentary about Hurricane Katrina.
10Charles Waddell Chesnutt, an honoree in the popular Black Heritage commemorative stamp series issued by the U.S. Postal Service, is considered the first black writer to receive major acclaim. True or False?
11What Supreme Court case established the "separate but equal" doctrine in 1896, laying the groundwork for Jim Crow laws all over the South?
12Name the Edward P. Jones book that won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize.
13Name the first black male and female winners of Grammy awards.
14What events prompted the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (known as the Kerner Commission) to warn in 1968, "Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white -- separate and unequal"?
15Who is Joseph Lowery?
ANSWERS: 1. The Chicago Bears' Lovie Smith and the Indianapolis Colts' Tony Dungy became the first black head coaches to take their teams to the Super Bowl, when the two met in the 2007 game. The Colts won the game 29-17. 2. Halle Berry won the Best Actress Oscar in 2002 for her role in Monster's Ball. 3. African Methodist Episcopal. 4. Barack Obama Sr. was born in Kenya. Obama's mother, Ann Dunham, grew up in Kansas. 5. The Fourteenth Amendment. 6. At an F.W. Woolworth store in Greensboro, N.C. 7. False. Brooks became the first black Pulitzer winner in 1950. 8. Vivien T. Thomas, a black surgical technician. 9. Spike Lee made the documentary, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. 10. True. 11. Plessy v. Ferguson. 12. The Known World. 13. In 1958, Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald won at the first Grammy Awards. 14. More than 100 inner-city riots in the summer of 1967. 15. The Rev. Joseph Lowery is a United Methodist minister and a leader in the civil rights movement. He delivered the benediction at the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama.