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How much do you know about African-American achievements in civil rights, technology, sports and more? Take our quiz and don’t forget to share your results on social media!


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 was a mathematician and physicist who helped send John Glenn around the Earth. She performed her duties with the NASA space agency.

  • Katherine Johnson
  • Annie Easley
  • Billie Holiday


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© Randy Miramontez/Shutterstock

 was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and later secretary of state.

  • Ralph J. Bunche
  • Colin Powell
  • Booker T. Washington


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© Gene Herrick/AP Images

 launched the Montgomery Bus Boycott by refusing to give up her seat to a white man.

  • Rosa Parks
  • Diane Nash
  • Dorothy Vaughan


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© AP Images

  became the first U.S. track and field athlete to win four gold medals in a single Olympiad.

  • Jackie Robinson
  • Michael Jordan
  • Jesse Owens


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© AP Images

  was the founder of Negro History Week, which eventually became Black History Month.

  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Carter G. Woodson
  • John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie


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© Leonard Zhukovsky/Shutterstock

 is considered by many to be the greatest tennis player of all time.

  • Florence Griffith Joyner
  • Serena Williams
  • Sheryl Swoopes


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© Boris15/Shutterstock

 is one of the most important writers of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, which celebrated black life and culture.

  • Langston Hughes
  • Miles Davis
  • Alex Haley

Freelance writer Lenore T. Adkins contributed to this quiz.

This quiz was originally published February 26, 2019.

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