BSAC Black History Scholars Bowl

By on January 22, 2013
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UAB students celebrated the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech” by participating in the Black History Scholars Bowl competition last Wednesday night in the Great Hall.

Jessica Campbell contemplating the answer to one of the questions during the BSAC Scholars Bowl last Wednesday. Carlene Robinson/Staff Photographer

Jessica Campbell contemplating the answer to one of the questions during the BSAC Scholars Bowl last Wednesday. Carlene Robinson/Staff Photographer

The HUC Great Hall held the Black History Scholars Bowl sponsored by the Black Student Awareness Committee. The Scholars Bowl challenged student’s knowledge of significant events in black history.

The first round consisted of questions relating to famous ‘firsts’ in Black History. One question asked, “Did the first black lawyer in America receive his license before or after the Civil War?”

When contestant Shelby Dunagan was asked if she learned anything new she said, “I learned more about Martin Luther King Jr. and black history in general–specifically about the first black female in a U.S. Presidential cabinet, Patricia Harris.”

Round two discussed major life accomplishments for the progress of black history. “Which U.S. president signed Executive Order 9981, ending official racial discrimination in the U.S. armed forces,” was one of several questions asked during this round.

Round three consisted of questions concerning Martin Luther King Jr.’s life.

“I love the ability of BSAC to do [an] event that teaches the history that has formed today’s modern interracial school environment,” commented BSAC staff sponsor Erica Campbell. BSAC hosted multiple events last week in relation to Martin Luther King Jr.

“It was fun to set-up and learn about the different events in black history,” said Krystal Turner. Krystal proctored the event and helped come up with the questions that were asked.

The scholars bowl competition lasted about an hour. The evening ended with the sharing of knowledge concerning Black History and an increased reverence of Martin Luther King Jr.

Michael Newton
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mjnewton@uab.edu

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