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QUIZ: Do you and your kids know these Black history facts?

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Black history is American history, and talking to kids about important trailblazers and milestones helps give them a deeper and more accurate understanding of how our country came to be. There’s always more to learn for kids and adults, so let the questions below give you some starting points for further research as a family.

So, how much do you and your kids know about Black history, and what do you need to brush up on? Take the quiz to find out.

The questions get a little bit harder as you go, but don't worry! We'll give you more info and a little background on each question when you check your answers, so it'll be a great chance for your family to learn together, too.

1. Who was the most famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad?
2. What was the Emancipation Proclamation?
3. What were “Jim Crow” laws?
4. What is Ruby Bridges famous for?
5. What does the phrase “separate but equal” refer to?
6. Where was “Black Wall Street” located?
7. In what year did interracial marriage become legal in all 50 states, thanks to Mildred and Richard Loving’s case?
8. Who was the teenager known as the first African American to refuse to move to the back of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama (before Rosa Parks’ more famous refusal)?
9. Which inventor called himself the “Black Edison” and came up with the modern three-signal traffic light and an early version of a gas mask?
10. Which group of young people, including Marion Barry, John Lewis, Diane Nash, and others, played a big part in the Freedom Rides (a desegregation campaign) and the Mississippi Freedom Summer (a voter registration drive)?
11. Who was the first Black woman to serve as a U.S. Senator?
12. Which famous speech did Sojourner Truth deliver in 1851?

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Joanna Eng is a freelance writer and editor, Lambda Literary Fellow, and co-founder of Dandelions, a parenting and social justice newsletter. She lives with her wife and child in the New York City area, where she is constantly seeking out slivers of nature. You can find her on Twitter @joannamengland.