Black History

Black History Trivia

50 Trivia Questions & Answers

Discover iconic people and events of black history with these engaging trivia questions. These questions will educate and inspire you as you learn about the rich and diverse stories of black people, the civil rights movement, and more!

Questions: 6
Difficulty: Easy
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Who was the first African American to be elected as President of the United States?

Barack Obama Click to see the answer

Who was the first African American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Who was the first African American to be elected to the U.S. Senate in the post-Reconstruction era?

Hiram Revels

Who was the first African American to be appointed as a Supreme Court justice in the United States?

Thurgood Marshall

Who was the first African American to win an Academy Award for Best actor?

Sidney Poitier

Who was the first African American to be elected as the Governor of a U.S. state?

Douglas Wilder

Questions: 9
Difficulty: Easy
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Who was the first African American to be appointed as the U.S. Secretary of State?

Colin Powell Click to see the answer

Who was the first African American to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction?

Toni Morrison

Who was the first African American to be appointed as the U.S. Surgeon General?

David Satcher

Who was the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature?

Toni Morrison

Who was the first African American to be appointed as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations?

Andrew Young

Who was the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics?

Arthur Ashkin

Who was the first African American to be appointed as the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development?

Patricia Roberts Harris

Who was the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics?

Robert William Fogel

Who was the first African American to be appointed as the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services?

Louis W. Sullivan

Questions: 8
Difficulty: Hard
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Who was a prominent civil rights leader and the first African American to be elected as mayor of Chicago, Illinois?

Harold Washington Click to see the answer

Who was the first African American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine?

Françoise Barré-Sinoussi

Who was a prominent civil rights leader and the first African American to be elected as mayor of Los Angeles, California?

Tom Bradley

Who was the first African American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry?

Frances Arnold

Who was the first African American to play in Major League Baseball?

Jackie Robinson

Who was the first African American to hold a patent in the United States?

Thomas L. Jennings

Who was the first African American to graduate from Harvard University?

Richard Theodore Greener

Who was the first African American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics?

Donna Strickland

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Difficulty: Medium
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Who was the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry?

Franklin A. Thomas Click to see the answer

Who was the first African American to be appointed as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation?

Rodney E. Slater

Who was the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine?

Ralph Bunche

Who was the first African American to be appointed as the U.S. Secretary of Education?

Rod Paige

Who was the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Peace?

Ralph Bunche

Who was the first African American to be appointed as the U.S. Secretary of Energy?

Hazel R. O'Leary

Who was the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine?

James E. Rothman

Who was the first African American to be appointed as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture?

Mike Espy

Who was the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics?

William Phillips

Who was the first African American to be appointed as the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs?

Jesse Brown

Who was the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics?

James Heckman

Who was the first African American to be appointed as the U.S. Secretary of Labor?

Alexis Herman

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Difficulty: Medium
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Who was the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry?

Ahmed Zewail Click to see the answer

Who was the first African American to be appointed as the U.S. Secretary of the Interior?

Bruce Babbitt

Who was the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine?

Eric Kandel

Who was the first African American to be appointed as the U.S. Secretary of Commerce?

Ron Brown

Who was the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Peace?

Barack Obama

Who was the first African American to be appointed as the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security?

Janet Napolitano

Who was the first African American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine?

Tony Fauci

Who was the leader of the civil rights movement and famous for leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott in the 1950s?

Martin Luther King Jr.

Who was the first African American woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress?

Shirley Chisholm

Who was a prominent civil rights leader and the first African American to be elected as mayor of Atlanta, Georgia?

Maynard Jackson

Who was the first African American to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom?

Rosa Parks

Who was the first African American woman to win a medal at the Olympic Games?

Alice Coachman

Who was a prominent civil rights leader and co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)?

John Lewis

Who was the first African American to be elected as the Governor of Virginia?

L. Douglas Wilder

Who was a prominent civil rights leader and the first African American to be elected as mayor of New York City?

David Dinkins

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