Rosa’s Black History, Past & Present

Welcome to Rosa’s Black History, Past & Present. I’m Rosa Harrington, president of Youth Reading To Senior Citizens, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Each month, I will give you a quiz on Black history to help increase your interest and knowledge in the subject.

1) Who invented the Gamma-Electric cell, which converts nuclear radiation directly into electricity? (Note that this invention is unrelated to cell phones.)

2) Who invented the Super Soaker® water gun and gave his first one to his daughter?

3) Who invented a new process for painting cars, using electrical charges to make powdered paint stick?

4) How many red stripes are on our flag? (I say our flag because we African Americans shed our blood for the same flag.)

5) Name the first African American woman to serve in Congress.

6) Name the African American astronaut who died on the space shuttle Challenger when it exploded shortly after lift off in 1986.

7) Name the first African American admiral in the U.S. Navy. He served as the Director of Naval Communications in Washington, D.C.

8 ) Name the first African American woman who won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

9) Name the first African American woman who became the mayor of an American city with a population of more than 100,000 people.

Answers [highlight the text below to read]

1) Henry T. Sampson
2) Lonnie Johnson
3) Meredith Gourdine
4) Seven – the other six stripes representing the 13 original American colonies are white.
5) Shirley Chisholm, who was elected to serve New York’s 12th District in 1968.
6) Ronald McNair
7) Samuel Lee Gravely, Jr.
8 ) Toni Morrison
9) Loretta Glickman, who was elected mayor of Pasadena, Calif. in 1982.

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