THE MISSION

There are 11,000,000 Black youngsters eighteen and under in America, which constitutes more than 30 percent of the Black population. Our mission is to reach them and begin the process of teaching them their history. This will help set the stage for them to set more positive standards for their lives. It also prepares them to be able to teach others. Beginning August of 2007, we begin this process. Working through churches, we will be able to reach more young people faster.

During the summer of 2008 we will bring together some of the brightest young minds from across the nation to compete in the Quiz Bowl Challenge. This will be a four day event that includes team competition as well as opportunities to meet icons of our history. They will meet college recruiters. There will be seminars on preparing for college, financial planning, along with other aspects of a successful futures.

The youngsters will learn and compete with their peer groups: 10-12, 13-15, and 16-18. This is designed in a manner that allows a youngster to stay in the program up to age eighteen. For those who enter at the younger ages, they will be well versed in their history as well as prepared for their futures. They will know the great men and women of their culture, and, will be equipped with the tools to reach their own levels.

BLACK HISTORY: What Are You Willing To Learn?
This is the official teaching tool to be used for the teaching Black History in accordance with the Black Heritage Review Quiz Bowl Challenge. This process is designed to cover a prescribed amount of information in a short period of time. It will prepare those who participate in the Challenge to answer a myriad of questions that are taken from this specific information. As this unfolds the methods will come clear and the results will be even better than expected.

The 2008 Quiz Bowl Challenge is centered on a seventy year period (1938-2008). This takes into consideration the age of the oldest participants and the average age of their grandparents, which is a major reference point for studying our history. Participants should focus on the years within this time frame. AND, they should carefully make connections with events that may connect from outside this time frame. As you work through this information, it will become clear.

The first section begins with basic genealogy. Students, with the help of their parents and coaches prepare a basic family tree. We have prepared what we call The Pyramid of Life as a tool that allows them to fill in the blanks with names and birth dates. This helps them to relate to the time line in the study guide the lives of family members.

The next focus is on current events. It is important to know what is going on around you. This will give students a sense of their surrounding and make them aware of historic figures they see on the news or read about in newspapers. For instance, when they think of historic businesses, they should refer to Black Enterprise. It has the most accurate information on Black businesses.

The third provides look at Black firsts. Through this they begin learning who the first Black to various accomplishments that have made a difference in our community and to America.

This is a look at Black inventors and inventions. Most of these will be persons not commonly known. It broadens their perspective on history as well as the sciences.

The final general history page will cover history and historians. They are designed to provide links to those who have worked to research, review and record Black history. It will include a list of books on Black History.

The next ten plans will focus on the individual topics, excluding general history. That has already been covered. Use this list to guide your research and to make sure you are tracking with us. As you review the pages, look for information that may relate to more than one topic. Remember, the information that from the American Role Models program is general and may relate to any topic. Unless the page is specific to business or science, it covers multiple topics (Art and Artists, Business, Civil Rights, Education, Entertainment, Government, HBCUs, Military, Science, Sports).

Added benefits of the Challenge are the emphasis on team learning and team competition. This emphasis will be used to teach the same principles as are learned in sports activities. Team learning is important because to be successful, each member of the team must know all of the same information. While most questions in the competition are answered as a team, a portion of the competition requires answers from individuals. This requires that each member of each team be well versed in all aspects of each topic. To make this possible, it requires that team members study as a team as well as share the information they gather. The team is strengthened as it shares information. As the team is strengthened to compete, it becomes better prepared to share their knowledge.

It's not how much you know but how much you are willing to learn
Black History QuizBowl Challenge