Notable African-American Women

Test your knowledge about famous African American women.

Quiz

Test your knowledge about famous African American women.

1. Who was the only black woman to serve as a U.S. senator?

  • Shirley Chisholm
  • Carol Mosely-Braun
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton

2. Who served as poet laureate of the United States?

3. Which of these dancers became the director of a major American dance company?

  • Judith Jamison
  • Kathryn Dunham
  • Josephine Baker

4. Which journalist and civil rights leader crusaded against lynching?

  • Ida B. Wells-Barnett
  • Mary McLeod Bethune
  • Myrlie Evers-Williams

5. Which of these opera singers became the first African American to become a permanent member of the Metropolitan Opera Company?

  • Jessye Norman
  • Marian Anderson
  • Leontyne Price

6. Which activist's long career involved her deeply in three major civil right organizations—the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)?

  • Ella Baker
  • Fannie Lou Hamer
  • Angela Davis

7. Which of these actresses has NOT won an Oscar?

  • Angela Bassett
  • Halle Berry
  • Hattie McDaniel

8. Which abolitionist was known for her extraordinary oratorical gifts?

  • Harriet Tubman
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Phyllis Wheatley

9. Which African-American woman won the Nobel Prize in Literature?

  • Toni Morrison
  • Zora Neale Hurston
  • Alice Walker

10. Which of these civil rights activists was the leader behind the Little Rock Nine, the students who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957?

  • Daisy Bates
  • Fannie Lou Hamer
  • Rosa Parks

Your Results:

1. Who was the only black woman to serve as a U.S. senator?
Carol Mosely-Braun

2. Who served as poet laureate of the United States?
Rita Dove

3. Which of these dancers became the director of a major American dance company?
Judith Jamison

4. Which journalist and civil rights leader crusaded against lynching?
Ida B. Wells-Barnett

5. Which of these opera singers became the first African American to become a permanent member of the Metropolitan Opera Company?
Marian Anderson

6. Which activist's long career involved her deeply in three major civil right organizations—the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)?
Ella Baker

7. Which of these actresses has NOT won an Oscar?
Angela Bassett

8. Which abolitionist was known for her extraordinary oratorical gifts?
Sojourner Truth

9. Which African-American woman won the Nobel Prize in Literature?
Toni Morrison

10. Which of these civil rights activists was the leader behind the Little Rock Nine, the students who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957?
Daisy Bates

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