Black Jeopardy brings attention to African-American achievements


Jordan Boyer | The Daily Eastern News

Kaleb Williams a senior kinesiology major, Elijah Weathers a senior Africana studies major and Deearia Watkins a junior family consumer sciences major, laugh with each other at “Black Jeopardy” Tuesday night at Coleman hall.

Olivia Swenson-Hultz, Copy Editor

Teams picked from a variety of categories, including “African-American Firsts,” “Quotes,” “African-American Government” and “The Civil Rights Movement” to compete at Black Jeopardy Tuesday night.

The Black Student Union organized the game, which featured two teams.

Deearia Watkins, a junior family and consumer sciences major and the treasurer of the Black Student Union, picked out the questions that were asked at the Jeopardy game.

“These questions are the stepping stones of black history,” she said.

Questions included ones on when Africans were first brought to America to work as slaves, and court cases such as Plessy vs. Ferguson.

When “Which African-American was elected the president of the U.S in 2008?” was asked, the crowd burst into laughter.

Some questions were more challenging to the audience, such as who the first African-American to serve as secretary of state was.

Participants were also asked to identify which prominent African-American person said famous quotes such as “I don’t want a Black History Month. Black History is American History,” which was said by actor Morgan Freeman.

An improv round was held after the initial trivia session to give latecomers the opportunity to participate.

“Black people weren’t always appreciated. Questions like this address that we’ve come a long way, and will show people what we’ve went through,” said Claude Abdoulaye-Pedila, a junior psychology major and the secretary of the Black Student Union.


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