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West Hartford, CT 06119
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Steven J. Cook, Principal 

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Black History Month Trivia!


Day 18

What was the name of the slave who purchased his freedom from the Hooker family in 1775?

A.     Venture Smith

B.      Bristow

C.      Lemuel Hayes


Day 17

This NASA astronaut became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992.  Is it:

A.     Mae Jamison

B.     Stephanie Wilson

C.     Caroline J. Walker


Day 16

What year was Martin Luther King Day first observed as a federal holiday?

A.     1976

B.      1980

C.      1986


Day 15

Who was the first African American to reach the North Pole?

A.     Gordon Parks

B.      Matthew Henson

C.      Marcus Garvey


Day 14

What famous African American Jazz musician was the first recipient of a Grammy award?

A.     Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr.

B.      William “Count” Basie

C.      Duke Ellington


Day 13


Harriet Tubman is well known for helping to free slaves on the Underground Railroad.  She was also a women’s rights activist.  Do you know what her other job was?  Was she:

A.  A school teacher

B.  A librarian

C.  A nurse during the US Civil War


Day 12


This famous musical artist is known as “The King of Ragtime, which was the precursor to Jazz.  He also published the famous “Maple Leaf Rag”.  Is it:

A.     Scott Joplin

B.      Billie Holiday

C.      Thomas E. Booker


Day 11

This African American artist will randomly choose people off the street and does giant portraits in the old classic style?


A. Romare Bearden

B. Jacob Lawrence

C. Kehinde Wiley



Day 9

What U.S. president sent troops to the University of Mississippi to end riots so that James Meredith, the school's first black student, could attend?


A.     Dwight D. Eisenhower

B.      Lyndon B. Johnson

C.      John F. Kennedy


Day 8 

What African American tennis player won the gold medal in both Women's singles and women's doubles in one year at the Olympic Games?

A.     Serena Williams

B.      Venus Williams

C.      Althea Gibson

D.     Martina Navratilova


Day 7: 

Katherine Johnson, one of the first black women engineers to work at NASA, held what title when she helped to develop the flight path for the Apollo Space Flight?

A.     A mathematician

B.      A Computer

C.      An IBM Specialist


Day 6: 


This legendary mathematician inspired the world by becoming the first African-American female to earn a doctorate degree in Mathematics and devoted her life to improving the Washington D.C. school system:

A.  Marjorie Lee Browne

B. Euphemia Lofton Haynes

C. Evelyn Boyd Granville


Day 5: 

Who is the first African American female singer ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987?

A.     Whitney Houston

B.      Leontyne Price

C.      Aretha Franklin


Day 4: 

The first African American (Willie O’Ree) to ever play in the National Hockey League played for what team?

A.     Boston Bruins

B.      Toronto Maple Leafs

C.      New York Rangers

D.     New York Islanders


Day 3: 

What state was the first to abolish slavery?

A.     Virginia

B.      Maine

C.      Vermont 

D.     Rhode Island



Day 2: 

Who are the first African American actor and actress to win academy awards?

A.     Sidney Poitier and Halle Berry

B.      Cuba Gooding Jr. and Jennifer Hudson

C.      Denzel Washington and Halle Berry


Day 1: 

Who is known as the creator of Black History Month?

A.     Martin Luther King Jr.

B.      Thurgood Marshall

C.      Dr. Carter G. Woodson


Scroll to the bottom of this page for the answer!



Day 1

C.      Dr. Carter G. Woodson


Day 2

A.     Sidney Poitier and Halle Berry****


Day 3

C.      Vermont ***


Day 4

A.     Boston Bruins***


Day 5

C.      Aretha Franklin***


Day 6

B.      Euphemia Lofton Haynes***


Day 7

B.      A Computer***


Day 8 

B.      Venus Williams ***


Day 9

C.      John F. Kennedy


Day 11

C. Kehinde Wiley


Day 12

A.     Scott Joplin


Day 13

C.  A nurse during the US Civil War


Day 14

B.      William “Count” Basie


Day 15

B.      Matthew Henson


Day 16

C.      1986


Day 17

A.     Mae Jamison


Day 18

B.      Bristow

Bristow Upcoming Events

  • March 2018
    • WedMar21 Deadline for 7th & 8th grade lottery applications
    • FriMar23 Northern Regionals at Wethersfield High 2:10 PM to 8:30 PM
    • FriMar23 Drama Production 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • SatMar24 Northern Regionals at Wethersfield High 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
    • SatMar24 Drama Production 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • SatMar24 Drama production 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • WedMar28 Bristow Big band students to Sedgwick 1:00 PM to 4:15 PM
    • FriMar30 Good Friday- No school

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